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Fifth Graders Challenged at Eighth Annual Camp Hyatt Career Day at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ—April 27, 1999 – Today children from Lord Stirling Elementary School participated in Camp Hyatt Career day at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, an annual event which highlights job opportunities within the travel and tourism industry.  Including this year, more than 10,000 fifth graders nationwide have participated in Camp Hyatt Career Day since it began eight years ago.

Camp Hyatt Career Day was created to give kids a head start in a field that currently provides over 15.5 million jobs within the United States, and continues to grow each year.  “By the time these fifth graders enter the work force, the travel and tourism industry is expected to have more than one million new jobs,” said Douglas G. Geoga, president of Hyatt Hotel Corporations.   According to the Travel Industry Association of America, the travel and tourism industry is the nations’ third largest retail industry.

Today the fifth graders of Lord Stirling elementary school “worked” along side hotel employees in a variety of different jobs, including engineers, kitchen staff, general manager, front desk clerk, housekeepers, bellmen and room service attendant.

The students’ workday began with a general meeting conducted by Larry Daniels, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick.  “We hope you are ready for a challenge today, because I have asked my staff to do just that, challenge you!” said Daniels.  After being fitted in their appropriate uniforms, the students joined their Hyatt partner to begin “working”.   The chef’s for the day, along with Executive Chef Anthony Perrotti, quickly got to work as they began to prepare the students lunch which included milkshakes, pizza and cookies.  Other students began by greeting guests at the front desk and the engineers changed light bulbs in the guestrooms.

The day ended with all the students eating the lunch that their fellow students prepared.  They also joined in a general meeting conducted by the student general manager who asked, “Who likes the food?” and “Who wants to work for the hotel?” both questions were answered with a unanimous show of hands.

Hal Clarke – Director of Sales and Marketing
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Also See: Thirty Easy Ways To Support Your Industry / Aug 1998 / Kirby D. Payne, CHA 
Preparing for the Next Workforce - Will it Surprise You that Gen Xers Want to be Trained? / Kathy Kennedy / April 1999 - EI 

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