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Opportunities Abound in Fast-Growing Hospitality Industry

Magazine article Techniques

Opportunities Abound in Fast-Growing Hospitality Industry

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WHILE SOME CAREER FIELDS ARE GLUTTED WITH TOO MANY CANDIDATES competing for too few jobs, the hospitality and tourism industry is booming, and decisiorunakers in the industry are looking for qualified candidates to take their place in hotels and properties across the country. For career and technical. education (GTE) students, hospitality presents a world of possibilities in a field that offers diversity, mobility and the chance to use a broad range of skills--from accounting and marketing, to problem solving, creativity and people skills.

The hospitality industry in the United States, which directly employs 7.9 million individuals, has been identified as one of six priority sectors likely to drive domestic employment growth over the next 10 years. Projects in the sector could add between 2.1 and 3.3 million jobs by 2021. Travel created 757,000 jobs through mid-2014, outpacing job creation in the rest oldie economy by 42 percent. The U.S. hotel development pipeline totals 383,527 rooms, representing 3,183 hotels. This denotes a 39.1 percent increase in rooms under construction as compared to 2013. Those 3,000-plus hotels will all need to be staffed with qualified employees who can deliver service that will keep guests coming back.

The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) has developed a two-year CTE curriculum to prepare students to pursue postsecondary degrees in hospitality or to get their start directly into a hospitality industry job. The Hospitality and Tourism Management Program (HTMP) offers students classroom learning, professional certification, internships, competitions and networking opportunities.

For the past two years, teams of hospitality students from Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California, have won the HTMP International Competition held annually in Orlando, Florida. In addition to winning scholarships to leading hotel schools. the students also won a trip to New York City. where they attended the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show and met industry leaders, including Anthony Melchiorri, host of Hold Impossible.

Carl Schmidt, a DECA chapter adviser who teaches business, marketing and hospitality at Nlonta Vista High School, says that his students have a passion for hospitality that they will carry with them wherever they goeven if that means not working in a hotel. "CTE kids should be our best and our brightest. …

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