EMPLOYMENT opportunities in the tourism industry is growing at a fast pace. With this development, the Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP) is taking the industry’s first ever jobs fair to the Visayas and Mindanao this month.
TCP Executive Vice President Aileen Clemente said on Monday that they are bringing at least 30 tourism related companies to their Tourism Career and Hospitality Fair (TCHF) in Cebu and Davao.
“There will be hotel chains and resorts opening or are now expanding their operations. The country has a growing middle class. And beyond our top markets abroad, the country is welcoming tourists from more European countries, the Middle East, and India,” Clemente said.
She added that “This is the best time for Filipinos to become part of the country’s tourism industry. Instead of going abroad, we are seeing competitive career opportunities locally.”
Clemente explained that these extend beyond Metro Manila and that a lot of the tourism related developments are moving to the country’s southern part.
The jobs fair which will take place at the Cebu Trade Hall on November 22 and at the SMX Convention Center Davao on November 28 will bring together tourism companies, employment agencies, and schools which will look for potential hires or offer internship and tourism related programs to applicants.
“The participants will be holding one-on-one interviews with those who have submitted their resume to us online. However, the companies will also interview walk-in applicants,” Clemente said adding that careers in the tourism industry goes beyond those in frontline services as the industry has a wide ranging need for musicians engineers and accountants.
“We have identified 78 job items that need to filled through the TCHF. Tourism industry players have a lot of job openings right now,” Clemente said.
She added that there is an annual 10-percent job growth demand in the tourism industry and they are confident the applicant database they have can be used to fill out the vacancies even beyond the jobs fair they are holding.
Companies participating in the jobs fair will have access to the database up to three months after it is held to fill their need to hire more personnel.
The Luzon leg of the career fair which was held last month at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City featured 50 tourism related companies and attracted more than 1,000 job applicants.
The TCP was created under the Tourism Act of 2009. It has member companies operating nationwide.