A virtual job fair for Maryland’s travel industry is scheduled for Wednesday.
Organizers believe this is the first statewide tourism and hospitality job fair in Maryland history. Participants range from marketing and tourism groups to workforce development organizations.
“Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, we are welcoming visitors back to pre-pandemic levels,” said Dan Spedden, president of Visit Hagerstown, in a press release.
“Washington County is a top destination for visitors looking for a great road trip with lots of outdoor activities,” Spedden said. “This is an opportunity to remind visitors and residents of the incredible contributions of the travel industry not only to our local economy and workforce, but also to the identity and culture of our community.”
The job fair takes place during National Travel and Tourism Week, May 1-7.
It is presented by the Maryland Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, the Maryland Tourism Coalition and their Workforce System Partners to help the hospitality industry statewide.
People looking for jobs in Maryland’s hospitality and tourism industry can virtually meet employers in 19 Maryland counties, including Washington County, as well as Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City, on Wednesday. from 9 a.m. to noon.
Job seekers are invited to register at https://pvapi.premiervirtual.com/s/81rNrd.
According to a Tourism Economics report, the pandemic resulted in a net loss of more than 45,600 jobs in Maryland that interact directly with visitors in 2020. This represents more than 30% of all jobs directly supported by visitor activity. .
Even with these losses, visitor activity in Maryland continued to directly support 104,328 jobs, or 2.9% of all jobs in the state.
The unemployment rate is falling:Employment and labor force increases in Washington County
Comings and goings:Opening of a 96-room hotel near I-70; Guitar Center and Planet Fitness celebrate
‘Multi-sensory experience’:A 25-room boutique hotel planned for Hagerstown
“Historically, people have come to work in the hospitality industry because they need a flexible schedule, want to work in an energetic team, or enjoy making a visible and positive difference in the lives of their loved ones. customers. But what they often learn is that they can turn that first experience into a lucrative career in the travel industry,” said Andrew Sargent, senior business development representative for the Department of Commerce’s Maryland, in the release.
Employers recruiting talent for positions in the 22 participating counties/cities are invited to register at https://pvapi.premiervirtual.com/s/d7aZrW.
Mike Lewis covers business, economics and other issues. Follow Mike on Twitter: @MiLewis.