Staggering Number of Job Openings Threaten Travel Industry Growth
U.S. Travel Association | March 10, 2023
U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman issued the following statement on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics February employment report, in which leisure and hospitality jobs grew by 105,000 and the total economy added 311,000 jobs: “Despite strong job growth, a staggering 1.7 million leisure and hospitality jobs are open—a concerning figure as we head into the peak summer travel season. Travel is essential to our nation’s economy, but its success is reliant on access to workers to serve the traveling public. “One way the federal government should address our workforce shortage is to increase the allotment of H-...
As Students and Families Head to Spring Break, the Hospitality Industry Ramps Up Hiring
PeopleReady | March 7, 2023
TACOMA, Wash., March 7, 2023 -- With spring break underway, hotels, restaurants and resorts across the country are gearing up for an influx of guests. Many experts are seeing a year-over-year increase in spring break-related online searches, with some predicting this season to be busier than pre-pandemic's spring break of 2019. To meet this surge in seasonal demand, many businesses in the hospitality industry are ramping up their hiring efforts to ensure they can continue to provide quality experiences for their guests. A new analysis by staffing giant PeopleReady finds that close to 450,000 hospitality-related jobs were posted in January...
Managing the Talent Gap: Sparking Passion for Hospitality in Gen Z
EHL | November 22, 2022
While the hospitality industry suffers from a talent shortage due to the pandemic and a shift in its attractiveness as a career, General Managers (GMs) need to implement new talent management strategies, particularly towards Gen Z workers. We spoke to 22 GMs leading luxury hotels both in Switzerland and internationally (Spain, France, Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia) to understand how they are addressing this talent shortage issue and their experiences of working with Gen Zers. Understanding Generation Z and their view of hospitality It’s important to note that the pandemic was the first major global ...
Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming Surprise U.S. Workforce With Substantial Wage Increases Nationwide
Seminole Gaming | September 20, 2022
HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Sept. 20, 2022 — Hard Rock International and Seminole Gaming today announced wage increases for half its U.S. workforce. The increases apply to U.S. team members and new hires at company managed Hotel, Casino and Cafe locations nationwide. 95 job classifications, including cooks, housekeepers, security, public space, call center and many more are among the greatest impacted. In some cases, starting wages are increasing by over 60 percent. The new starting wages range between $18 and $21 an hour, with minimal exceptions – more than 2.5 times the Federal minimum wage and exceeding each U.S. state minimum wage. ...
A Call for Industry-Academia Collaboration to Address the Labor Shortage Challenge
Linchi Kwok | July 28, 2022
By Linchi Kwok When the pandemic hit, the hospitality and tourism (H&T) industry immediately responded to the crisis with furloughs and layoffs. It did not take long for the industry to realize that it must deal with the labor shortage challenge. In fact, the labor shortage challenge is not new to the H&T industry, but the “Great Resignation” during the pandemic has worsened the situation. In one of my recent publications in the Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, I presented three propositions about the labor shortage issue facing the H&T industry. The paper aims to initiate a conversation between our industr...
412,000 Travel & Tourism Jobs Across the U.S. Will Remain Unfilled Unless Urgent Action Is Taken
WTTC | July 25, 2022
DALLAS (July 25, 2022) – A new analysis by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism business sector, estimates 412,000 Travel & Tourism jobs in the U.S. will remain unfilled this year, putting in serious jeopardy the recovery of the sector. According to WTTC’s data, one in 18 jobs remained vacant during the first half of 2022, highlighting a talent crunch that has plagued the sector since early 2021. An estimated 321,000 Travel & Tourism positions went unfilled in the January – June 2022 timeframe (a 5.4% shortage), and worker shortages are expected to persist into 3Q, p...
Travel & Tourism Sector Expected to Create Nearly 126 Million New Jobs Within the Next Decade
WTTC | April 21, 2022
One in three of all new jobs set to be created within Travel & Tourism Travel & Tourism GDP could reach 2019 levels by 2023 MANILA, Philippines: The World Travel & Tourism Council’s latest Economic Impact Report (EIR) reveals the Travel & Tourism sector is expected to create nearly 126 million new jobs within the next decade. The bullish forecast from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, also shows the sector will be a driving force of the global economic recovery, creating one in three of all new jobs. The announcement was made today by Julia Simpson, President & C...
U.S. Travel & Tourism Saw Labor Shortfall of Almost 700,000 in 2021
WTTC | December 16, 2021
A report from WTTC, which represents the global private Travel & Tourism sector, projects up to one in 13 jobs will likely remain unfilled in 2022 WTTC provides recommendations that governments and businesses can use to address labor shortage London (December 16, 2021): A new analysis of staff shortages by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), which represents the global private Travel & Tourism sector, reveals the sector realized a U.S. labor shortfall of almost 700,000 workers during 2021. According to the report, the outlook for 2022 is only slightly more positive, with approximately 480,000 direct* U.S. Travel &...
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