Tourism set to create 40,000 additional jobs

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The Tourism sector is well-positioned to create in excess of 40,000 additional jobs over the next five years. Monday 29th February 2016: 40,000 jobs in tourism over the next five years..... The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) today launched its Spring 2016 Tourism Careers Drive, encouraging students to consider a career in tourism. Targeting 2nd level students aged 15-18 years, the initiative aims to highlight the wide variety of career opportunities and educational courses available across the tourism and hospitality sector – one of Ireland’s most successful industries. With overseas visitor numbers and tourism revenues forecast to grow steadily across all key markets, the industry is well-positioned to create in excess of 40,000 additional jobs over the next five years.  Photo shows Stephen McNally, President, IHF with Gleneagle Hotel staff members from left Caroline Papin and Philomena Purcell. Photo: Don MacMonagle repro free ihfThat’s according to figures published at the Irish Hotel Federation’s 78th annual conference in Killarney yesterday, where they launched a tourism career campaign. Some 64% of hotels and guesthouses increased staffing levels in 2015, while seven out of ten hoteliers (69%) plan to take on further additional staff over the next 12 months. Tourism now supports an estimated 205,000 jobs in Ireland, equivalent to 11% of total employment. Over 33,000 new jobs have been created by tourism and hospitality businesses since 2011, accounting for more than one of every five new jobs in Ireland over this period.