Hospitality Career Facts & Figures

Hospitality Career Facts & Figures You Can Make a DifferenceTourism is recognized as the most prospective activity, important for environmental, cultural and social awareness, pursuit of peace and international cooperation and in particular for its ability to alleviate poverty through the creation of small and medium sized tourism businesses and the creation of new jobs. Source: Hospitality Net Tourism has always played an important role in Canada’s economy, as for centuries people have enjoyed visiting this vast, beautiful country. Now every year millions of people visit hotels, restaurants, resorts and clubs across Canada, injecting millions of dollars into a sector that supports thousands of businesses and jobs. Source: TransWorld Education

Your Future is Bright – According to the World Tourism Organization, international tourism is expected to grow at an average of 4.1 percent through 2020, ending with a total of 1.6 billion tourists traveling worldwide. Source: American Hotel & Lodging Association “Tourism is the fastest-growing industry on the planet, and with that rapid growth comes the need for workers at all levels … Tourism jobs tend to offer advancement, widely transferable skills and ongoing training. ” A job for today,” they say in the industry, “a career for tomorrow.” Source: Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

Education is Your Passport to Success Post-secondary education and training are needed for employment in the touris industry. Most of the entry-level positions in the tourism industry do not require a university degree, but other forms of education and training are usually necessary. Many occupations require skills that must be learned and practiced. Source: go2 The resource for people in tourism

More Figures High-Growth Projected for the Global Hotel IndustryEstimated 112,000,000 employees in the worldwide hospitality industry. “With globalization, this number will only grow.” Source: International Labour Organization

Canada: The Center of Hospitality1,663,300 presently work in the hotel industry. Another 22,700 employees will be needed by 2005. 65,000 management positions in the tourism industry will be needed over next 10 years. “The hotel industry is growing in Canada!” Source: Pacific Rim Institute of Tourism Vancouver Wins 2010 Winter OlympicsA winning bid, combined with an expanded convention centre in Vancouver, could generate  up to $10 billion in direct economic activity, and create about 228,000 direct and indirect job years across the province. Source: British Columbia & Yukon Hotels’ Association

Tourism Hikes to New Peaks – In B.C., one in every 13 people work in the industry, accounting 7.4% of the provincial workforce. Tourism British Columbia predicts that, by 2005, an additional 50,000 employees will be needed.  Demand for skilled employees currently greatly exceeds supply – and that’s likely to continue. Source: Learning Curve Fall 2003

Just How Big is This Industry?

  • Currently the world’s largest industry with sales in excess of $5,000,000,000,000 or 15% of the world’s domestic products
  • The World Tourism Organization (WTO) estimates that by 2020, international tourism will be at 1,600,000,000 tourists, spending $5,000,000,000 per day
  • WTO predicts that China will become the top global tourism destination
  • Foreign visitors to the U.S spent $95.12 billion. Tourism generates $44,000,000,000 a year in Canada. Projections show this will double by 2005
  • Almost 10% of Canada’s workforce work in the industry
  • 1.4 million tourism jobs today, 1.7 million by 2005
  • There are more than 159,000 tourism businesses in Canada Source: Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council