Welcoming Strangers 24/7: Hotel Industry Offers Stable Employment
"PEOPLE ALWAYS TRAVEL," says Larry Yu, professor of hospitality management at George Washington University. "Travel is such a part of American culture." Yu and his colleagues in hospitality training programs across the country are noticing the same thing: Stocks are tanking, factories are shuttering, businesses are imploding — yet the hotel industry soldiers on. This is true both on paper (the industry grows about 3 percent annually, notwithstanding minor bumps) and in practice: For those working at a hotel, the world literally never sleeps.