Briefing: Hospitality professionals start small & seize opportunity

Author: Guy Lean

In a Survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, more than half of respondents said 50% or more of their managers began their hotel careers in an entry-level position. Half said that 50% or more started in minimum wage positions.

With the growth the industry is seeing at the moment, job opportunities are coming in fast. Getting each new operation up and running opens up a variety of vacancies. New entry level roles could be the starting point for a great career for those applying.

In these videos four successful hospitality professional discuss handwork, dedication and passion for the industry:

More opportunities may become available within existing hotels if leaders are confident in the market remaining positive. The Barclays Employers’ Survey 2015 found that ‘77% of business still think that sales lead to job creation – as opposed to job creation leading to sales’.

It has been reported that the opening of the new InterContinental London – The O2 this year, would create 650 new jobs (including peak time temporary roles). The hotel is managed by The Arora Group under a franchise arrangement with the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

A new hotel by the Beannchor Group in Belfast made local news for creating 100 new jobs, whilst in Glasgow a new Radisson hotel was reported to be bringing 60 new jobs opportunities to the area.

This summer, Travelodge created a new careers website in order to drive recruitment for 750 new jobs; 600 in existing hotel and 250 in new hotels to be opened before the end of the year.

One company pushing to get young people to start their career in hospitality is Hilton, which has an annual Global Career Awareness Month. In May they hosted 750 events globally reaching 90,000 young people.

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Video clips produced by for the Hospitality Channel, including interview from industry conferences such as the IHIF conference as well as specific Hospitality Channel shoots.