Hospitality and Tourism Careers: A World of Possibilities
What is the Hospitality Industry?
Oxford Dictionary defines hospitality as “The friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.” It’s a concept that has been around as long as people have been traveling—and has only become more relevant with increasing globalization and interest in tourism around the world.
Today, the hospitality and tourism industry is one of the largest in the world, contributing 1 in 10 jobs and adding $8.8 trillion to the global economy in 2018. Businesses in this industry cover a wide variety of services including lodging (hotels/accommodations), food & beverage service, recreation & entertainment, transportation, and other travel services. Guests patronize hospitality industry businesses for a variety of reasons—whether it be on vacation, traveling for work meetings and functions, family celebrations, or just as a part of day-to-day life.
Two of the largest sub-sectors in the industry are Lodging (accounting for over 19% of U.S. travel and tourism-related spending) and Food Services (accounting for over 15% of spending).
Careers in Restaurants & Foodservice
The restaurant & foodservice sector consists of businesses that serve food and beverages to customers in a variety of settings, from fine dining restaurants to large national quick-service restaurant chains, coffee shops and cafes to bars and taverns, and private catering to food-trucks/ to-go service.
According to the National Restaurant Association 2019 Industry Factbook:
Careers in Lodging
The lodging sector consists of businesses which provide guests with short-term overnight accommodations, such as full-service hotels, select-service hotels, boutique hotels, inns, bed & breakfasts, resorts, motels, and hostels.
According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association:
Why should I pursue a career in the Hospitality Industry?
Learn more about Hotel & Lodging careers here: https://www.ahla.com/dreams
Explore Restaurant & Foodservice careers here: http://careerpath.chooserestaurants.org/
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