With 1.8 million employees, $21.6 billion in pretax income, and total industry revenue of $137.5 billion, the lodging industry is one of the main drivers of the economy and 12 straight quarters of growth. On a much more individual level, this industry is a great place to work, grow, and build a long-lasting and rewarding career.
Lodging professionals come from a variety of educational and skill backgrounds, with many starting their careers in other industries or as graduates of technical schools. Many current employees start in entry-level positions and, because of training, experience, and – most importantly – individual initiative, have moved up through the ranks. This is a career choice that offers amazing benefits: health insurance; personal time; retirement benefits; paid vacations and sick days; discounts on accommodations and food; incentive programs and bonuses; and a world of opportunities for travel.
And this is only the beginning.
Hoteliers have a proud history, an outstanding reputation, and a great story to tell. Below are a few resources to help you showcase the industry, find your way in to a rewarding career, and enhance your performance and increase your value with scholarships and certifications.
Stars of the Industry. This program gives you the opportunity to recognize your exceptional employees and programs. Nominations are open to all members, and there is no better way to show your appreciation to your staff.
Groundhog Job Shadow Day. This annual, national campaign gives young people an opportunity to see first-hand all of the many opportunities that working in a hotel affords them. Both properties and students are invited to participate.
Do Your Part to Showcase the Industry. If you’re interested in touting the many benefits of working in the lodging industry, we’ve got the resources for you, including a sample op-ed and a set of FAQs. We encourage you to tailor both to include local or state statistics or key points you’d like to make for your particular audience.
Professional Certifications. EI is widely recognized as the preeminent leader in hospitality certification worldwide and offers the only certification programs that are portable, industry recognized, and endorsed by AH&LA. The certification program, which encourages upward career growth in the industry, has options beginning at the front-line level and continuing to the general manager level.
Professional Scholarships. Perfect for individuals currently working at a hotel property who want to advance their career by growing their industry knowledge or skill set, AH&LEF’s professional development scholarships provide assistance for distance learning courses and professional certification. Hotel employees currently enrolled in either of these programs through the Educational Institute are eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Job Opportunities. The AH&LA Career Center is an extensive online database of job openings placed by hospitality providers across the U.S. and Canada.