Jobseekers Can Sign Up for July 14th Virtual Job Fair at HotelsAreHiring.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 8, 2021) – In an effort to fill more than 1,600 open hotel jobs in Nashville, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) and its charitable giving arm, the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation), are launching an ad campaign and hiring fair in Nashville to fill a host of open roles across Nashville hotel properties.
This effort is part of a national advertising campaign, “Hotels Are Hiring,” launched by AHLA to help fill open hotel jobs and communicate the benefits of a career in the hotel industry. As leisure travel is starting to resume after the pandemic, the hotel industry needs to fill thousands of open positions to meet the uptick in consumer travel demand. The virtual job fair, hosted by the AHLA Foundation and HCareers will be held on July 14, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT and interested job seekers can sign up at hotelsarehiring.com.
To entice more workers to join the industry, hotels are offering employees more competitive pay, flexible scheduling, and additional benefits, including paid time off, health care benefits, retirement savings and more. With open positions in housekeeping, management, food and beverage, guest services and more, hotels also provide transferable skills that allow for career opportunities around the globe.
“On the heels of the worst economic crisis on record for our industry, hotels are now facing a rapidly emerging issue of staffing shortages, particularly in vacation destinations. Hotels are in the midst of a hiring spree as we welcome the return of leisure travelers, and this campaign will help raise national awareness about open positions and the benefits of a career in hospitality,” said Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA. “Hotels, especially those in urban markets, have a long road to regaining what we lost during the pandemic. Ensuring we can fill positions to meet a rise in guest demand is a critical step as we work toward a full recovery.”
“Hotels are committed to attracting, retaining, and educating individuals for lifelong careers in a growing and vibrant field. People are the heart of hospitality, and the AHLA Foundation is proud to build on its legacy of opening doors of opportunity for those looking to pursue hospitality careers,” said Rosanna Maietta, president and CEO of the AHLA Foundation. “With thousands of open hotel positions nationwide—from management to guest services—the AHLA Foundation offers programs to help prospective and existing hotel employees gain new skills and reach their dreams while creating lifelong, fulfilling careers.”
“America’s hotels are an integral part of the fabric of each community across the United States. In the state of Tennessee and here in Nashville, the hospitality industry plays a vital role in powering our local economy and providing fulfilling jobs to tens of thousands of Tennesseans,” said Rob Mortensen, president and CEO of Hospitality TN. “As an industry of people taking care of people, hotels provide an opportunity to serve others and the local community. Employees have the direct ability to support guests and community members in a way many other careers rarely provide.”
The hotel industry offers 200 different career paths with transferrable skills that allow workers to move across positions throughout the global hotel industry. Through the AHLA Foundation, the hotel and lodging industry supports employees at all stages of their careers by providing professional development workshops, apprenticeships, and academic scholarships. With 80 percent of entry-level workers eligible for a promotion in less than one year and 50 percent of hotel general managers starting in an entry-level position, the hotel industry creates plentiful opportunities for upward mobility.
To help associates advance in their careers, the AHLA Foundation awards nearly $100,000 in professional development scholarships each year and offers two registered apprenticeship programs, which combine on-the-job learning with related education to help associates advance and earn a fast-track to a raise and promotion. The AHLA Foundation also awards $1 million in academic scholarships each year and works with over 70 affiliated schools.