NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Business travel is an important factor in ensuring hotels do not recover quickly from the pandemic despite an increase in leisure travel. That’s according to the American Hotel and Lodging Association, which is hosting career fairs for the hospitality industry, including one in Nashville last week.
They say many hotels are understaffed because demand for travel increases, but the industry itself is far from recovering as business travelers fail to check in.
âWhat we don’t see is business travel,â said Rosanna Maietta, President and CEO of the AHLA Foundation. âSixty percent of the hospitality industry’s business comes from business meetings and conventions. This is far from where it was in pre-pandemic levels. And we don’t expect that to happen until 2024, so we’re still a long way from the recovery as the industry saw before the pandemic. “
She said the industry needs workers to keep up with the increase in the number of families traveling on vacation, and getting hired is part of helping the economic recovery of the community as a whole.
âWe see these jobs as important not only for the individual who accepts the job, but really for the economic growth of a city,â Maietta said. âEach hotel truly sees itself as part of the fabric of each community. If you think not only of the jobs the hotel creates in the property itself, but because we are so present in the communities, we create jobs in the restaurants, the florist across the street, the bar, pub, small mini-market. So there is a whole community building network. When a hotel enters a disadvantaged area, that community immediately becomes a springboard for growth.
People can visit hotelsarehiring.com to apply for jobs at hotels in the Nashville area.