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Hotel industry launches recruitment drive

Stephen Todd, CEO of the Bermuda Hotel Association

A recruitment drive will be held next week for people interested in careers in the hotel industry for the 2022 season.

Positions are expected to be available in serving, housekeeping, bartending and administration as well as other roles.

The Bermuda Hotel Association has teamed up with the Department of Workforce Development and the Bermuda Tourism Authority for the event on Tuesday.

Stephen Todd, the BHA chief executive officer, said: “As our destination moves beyond the adverse effects of the pandemic, our hotel property members are focused on ensuring that our hotel guests and visitors form memorable experiences during their time with us, and a key component of this is their direct interaction with Bermudians and residents as we have a longstanding and enviable reputation of being one of the most welcoming and friendly countries globally.

“This in no small part is due to our colleagues in the industry, hence our strong desire to welcome them to join us in maintaining our reputation.”

A BHA spokeswoman said that the recruitment drive was designed to encourage residents to join the sector and to “play a vital part in welcoming and engaging with our visitors and hotel guests in the coming year as we collectively work to rebuild and grow the economy”.

The event will be held in the Harbourview Ballroom at the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club form 10am until 4pm.

It will feature hotels including Cambridge Beaches, Coral Beach, Fairmont Southampton, Grotto Bay, Hamilton Princess and The Loren.

The Mid Ocean Club, Pompano Beach Club, Rosewood Bermuda, St Regis Bermuda and The Reefs will also take part.

Representatives from the hotels will be available to provide details on the positions available and to schedule interviews.

Jason Hayward, the Minister of Labour, said: “Tourism is an essential cornerstone of Bermuda’s economy, employing thousands across the island.

“As we enter 2022 and move towards the start of our tourism season, I thank the BHA, BTA and the Department of Workforce Development and the many participating hotel properties for working together to hold this recruitment drive.

“There are many career opportunities in tourism, and I encourage any Bermudian who is unemployed or seeking alternative employment opportunities to attend the event.”

Tim Morrison, the BHA president and general manager of the Hamilton Princess and Beach Club, added: “As we look forward to the upcoming tourism season, we are excited to have our visitors experience the wonderful hospitality and service that Bermuda and its people are renowned for.”

Charles Jeffers II, the BTA chief executive officer, said that engaging the island’s workforce was "vital for our plans to revive the tourism economy“.

He added: “That's why this collaboration between the Bermuda Hotel Association, Department of Workforce Development and the BTA is such an exciting one.

“We are preparing the sector for the staffing needs of 2022 and beyond, providing jobs, and training for Bermudians and getting the island ready for the injection of visitors we expect in the year ahead.

“We encourage those looking to be a part of Bermuda's tourism recovery to register today. "

Registration for the event is open until December 20. A SafeKey and valid identification will be needed for entry.

To sign-up, visit www.bermudajobboard.bm, select Job Search and type “New Tourism Jobs” in the employer box, then select search.

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Published December 17, 2021 at 7:50 am (Updated December 17, 2021 at 8:17 am)

Hotel industry launches recruitment drive

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