Nepali students had no choice of joining government owned Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management to study hospitality management if they wished to study within the country. Hundreds of students competed to secure their seats for 160 positions in Bachelor’s in Hotel Management and Bachelor’s in Travel and Tourism Management. Those who succeeded got enrolment and those who didn’t either went abroad or ended up joining other courses.
Now the situation, however, has changed entirely. In the last one decade, 30 additional colleges have been added offering the hospitality management courses and, more importantly, half of them are running with the affiliation to the universities from various countries. Not just in the Kathmandu Valley the hospitality management courses are available in around half a dozen of cities outside the Capital. From the initial 160 seats now the enrolment capacity of such colleges has increased to 2,000.