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REPORTS: NEARLY 500,000 HOTEL JOBS WON’T RETURN BY YEAR’S END, ROOM REVENUE WILL BE DOWN $44 BILLION FROM 2019
Findings Come as Hoteliers Meet with Congress to Call for Aid
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Washington (July 20, 2021) – Midway through 2021, a new report and state-by-state job loss breakdown released by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) find that while leisure travel is starting to return, the hotel industry’s road to recovery from the pandemic is long and uneven, with urban markets disproportionately impacted.
Industry projections have improved since January with the uptick in leisure travel, but the industry remains well below pre-pandemic levels. Key findings include:
COVID-19 is the single worst economic event in the history of the American hotel industry. While the recent uptick in leisure travel for summer is encouraging, business and group travel, the industry’s largest source of revenue, will take significantly longer to recover. Business travel is down and not expected to return to 2019 levels until at least 2023 or 2024. Major events, conventions and business meetings have also already been canceled or postponed until at least 2022.
Despite being among the hardest hit by the pandemic, hotels are the only segment of the hospitality and leisure industry yet to receive direct COVID-related aid.
The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the U.S. lodging industry. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA focuses on strategic advocacy, communications support and workforce development programs to move the industry forward. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitality was the first industry impacted, and it will be among the last to recover. That is why AHLA is committed to promoting safe travel while also creating a standardized safety experience nationwide through the Safe Stay initiative. With an enhanced set of health and safety protocols designed to provide a safe and clean environment for all hotel guests and employees, hotels across America are ready to welcome back travelers when they are ready to travel. Learn more at www.ahla.com.
We are pleased to share a newly released Career Pathways video from the AHLA Foundation. This short, new video highlights the over 200 career pathways available in the hotel industry. MHLA is working with key contacts in Maryland to promote this video and increase awareness of all that we offer to job seekers. Members who serve on a local school or workforce advisory board, are also encouraged to share it!
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Additionally, a series of regionally based job fairs are being offered by the Maryland Department of Labor through early October. The “Back to Business Hiring Events Flyer” with more information and contact information for regional business solutions consultants was sent to hotel members via email on July 7, 2021.
Lastly, the Maryland Department of Labor will host a Virtual Information Session for the Restaurant / Hospitality industry on July 20th 2021 at 10:00 A.M. as an opportunity for employers to learn more about how participating in the Maryland DOL’s Registered Apprenticeship initiative may benefit you. The session is an hour and will cover how a business can participate and experience financial gain. Click on the link to register: Apprenticeship for your business Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite