Consider this your Cliff’s Notes for an exciting and dynamic industry. The hotel industry is booming with news of growth and this can only mean an increase in hotel jobs.
So what do you need to know? Not only is Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide merging with Marriott International this fall, but the Starwood family of brands have combined for 132 new hotel deals in 2016. Over the next four years, they also expect to have 100 hotels in the Middle East.
Just recently, Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas announced that it will develop a five-star eco resort just outside of South Carolina's Hilton Head Island. Hard Rock International is expanding into Johor, Malaysia, on the Desaru Coast, with a 365-room hotel, and in China’s Dalian, Shenzhen and Haikou. InterContinental Hotels Group announced that they will create the Holiday Inn Dubai Science Park, which includes a hotel that is scheduled to open in 2019. The hotel will have 402 rooms and suites.
In Austin, Texas, there has been reports that there were more than 4,500 new hotel rooms opened in the city, according to the Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, a 15.2 percent increase. In 2017, the 1,066-room Fairmont Austin, will become the city’s largest hotel when it opens in 2017. In South Florida, WoodSpring Hotel will develop four, ground-up hotels in South Florida. And, of course, there’s a lot of talk about the Atlantis Resorts' $2 billion resort in Ko Olina, Hawaii.
Staying on top of hotel development news will help you to find that job in the travel industry that you’ve always wanted. Most new hotels will need an entire staff – from housekeeping to executive management -- and you’ll have a step up when you know where the building is taking place. For example, the Albany, New York, added 5,729 new lower wage jobs in leisure and hospitality between 2010 and 2015, according to a report from state comptroller Tom DiNapoli. In Montgomery, Alabama, according to the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama, the leisure and hospitality industry added the second-most jobs of any other industry in Alabama from May 2014 to May 2015.
Look to Iceland to be adding hotel jobs somewhere in the next few years. A recent report in the Iceland Monitor shows that Iceland’s popularity is maxing out its hotel rooms. The report states that there are new hotel projects in the pipeline to accommodate for the growth.
Forbes’ magazine recently wrote about the top cities for jobs in 2016 and named New York City, which moved up one place, adding 530,000 jobs and included 29.7 percent expansion in the hospitality sector. It also named Orlando, which had a 22 percent growth in the hospitality sector, and Los Angeles, California, with a growth of 28.1 percent since 2010.
Reading business, travel and news websites will help you to keep up to date on what’s going on in the hospitality industry. Then, when you see that a company has decided to build a new hotel or resort, check out Travel Jobs for new job opportunities.