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Tourism Careers

Choosing a Career in Tourism

When discussing hospitality, most people just think of a hotel, but it is so much more than that. The hospitality industry is in fact what makes up the tourism economy, which is crucial to the vitality of communities around the world. In Columbus, tourism supports 78,600 jobs, or one in every 12 jobs, and generates $1.35 billion in local, state, and federal tax revenue. You can learn more about the Power of Tourism in Columbus here.

However, there are more reasons to choose a career in hospitality than just supporting your community. The hours are flexible and the opportunities are seemingly endless. Not only do you get to meet people from all over the world, but there could be opportunities to travel all over the world as well. As an industry, it’s also growing as our economy remains strong and people look to travel more and have new experiences.

Plus, it’s one of the few industries where you can start out as an inexperienced, entry-level worker, and rise to the head of an organization. Take the restaurant industry for example: According to the National Restaurant Association, nine in 10 restaurant managers start their careers at entry-level, and eight in 10 restaurant owners start their careers in entry-level positions.

There are four main sectors of the tourism economy: Hotels, Attractions, Restaurants, and Transportation. Within each of these, there are opportunities to do whatever interests you.