Lodging Professionals Tap Student Interest In Industry On February 2
2009 National Groundhog Job Shadow Day Takes Students Behind-the-Scenes of Industry
As the nation’s third-largest industry employing approximately 1.4 million hotel property workers*, AH&LA recognizes the need to educate tomorrow’s growing workforce, which will require more than 700,000 additional workers by 2010. AH&LA, partner state associations, and member properties from Arizona to Tennessee – and various locations in between – have already committed participation, and are listed on the AH&LA Website. AH&LA’s Washington D.C. staff will also participate and host approximately 20 students in their office and at a nearby downtown hotel.
“This annual event is one of the most rewarding days of the year for our own staff, as I know it is for all the students who shadow us and get an inside look into the many career opportunities that await them in the lodging industry,” said AH&LA President/CEO Joseph A. McInerney, CHA. “We’re proud to facilitate this program that reinvigorates students’ enthusiasm in hospitality, especially in today’s economy when they may have a negative outlook on their futures.”
National Groundhog Job Shadow Day is a coordinated effort of America’s Promise, Junior Achievement, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Labor. In addition to lodging industry participation, approximately 100,000 other businesses and organizations also host students via this career development initiative.
For additional information on AH&LA’s participation in the event, visit the AH&LA Website or contact Jessica Soklow, manager of media relations at (202) 289-3153 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Figure based on 2007 statistics from AH&LA’s 2008 Lodging Industry Profile
Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides members with national advocacy on Capitol Hill, public relations and image management, education, research and information, and other value-added services to provide bottom line savings and ensure a positive business climate for the lodging industry. Partner state associations provide local representation and additional cost-saving benefits to members.