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.
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."