With over 60,000 new jobs created since 2011, the Irish Hotel Federation (IHF) believes that the tourism and hospitality industry is well-positioned to create in excess of 40,000 additional jobs over the next five years.
According to a statement released by the IHFn, hospitality and tourism businesses in Ireland are looking to recruit over 6,000 entry-level employees each year across all areas of their operations.
With that in mind, the IHF is currently actively encouraging young people to consider a career in tourism and, working with Fáilte Ireland, has set up a website called getalifeintourism.ie which offers comprehensive information on the many careers available in the sector and how to get started.
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Commenting on the site's establishment, IHF president Joe Dolan (pictured), stated: "It offers thousands of opportunities for young people interested in pursuing a career in tourism with enormous potential for professional development and advancement. We’re encouraging school leavers especially to explore the many options available, including the hundreds of specialist third-level courses on offer throughout the country for those interested in obtaining a recognised qualification. If you are looking for an exciting challenge, with endless career possibilities, then this is the path for you."