The hotel industry is hoping to create 40,000 new jobs by the end of the decade.
Growing tourist numbers, new openings and expansion of existing hotels means that the sector needs managers, accountants, food-and-beverage managers, chefs, health professionals and other skilled workers.
Many hoteliers now want to erase the image of difficult working conditions and minimum wages and as a result, they are offering on- the-job training, travel at home and abroad and salaries in some cases exceeding €100,000 a year for top jobs such as chefs and general managers.
The recruitment drive comes as tourism interests predict 2016 will deliver another bumper year, with visitor numbers rising to a record 8.2 million and revenue swelling to €4.4 billion.
It is expected the Government target of 250,000 jobs – up from 205,000 currently – in the industry by 2025 will comfortably be met.
2015 was a bumper year for tourism. However, an acute shortage of hotel rooms in Dublin in particular is highlighted in the Fáilte Ireland Annual Tourism Industry Review.
The survey indicates that some 65% of accommodation providers expect their business to further increase in 2016. One in five businesses see the Wild Atlantic Way as a positive boost to their future growth. Hotels in particular are optimistic with 85% anticipating continued improvement into 2016.
The agency is investing €55 million in developing and promoting tourism this year, with €13m allocated to Dublin, €18m to Ireland's Ancient East, €19m to the Wild Atlantic Way and €5m to attracting conference and event business. Over €100m of capital funding has been secured over five years.
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Source: Hopitality News
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