Find Arizona Tourism Jobs At This Virtual Job Fair In June
When the COVID-19 pandemic displaced thousands of hospitality workers, the Arizona Office of Tourism rushed to help people find jobs in places like grocery stores and hospitals in putting them in contact with employers who needed their skills.
A year later, AOT deputy director Becky Blaine, who organized this effort to connect employees and employers, once again found itself helping job seekers. This time, she wants to bring them back into the tourism industry.
“Now we are seeing, as you know, that things are opening up again, consumer confidence is greater. People are traveling again now that they have been vaccinated. We really need to increase our workforce. ‘tourist work across the state,’ says Blaine.
She points to data collected by Longwoods International, a travel research consultant, showing that 90% of travelers have travel plans in the next six months, the highest percentage since the start of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, she said some resorts in Arizona were operating at reduced capacity due to understaffing. A sold-out evening can represent 80% of available rooms instead of 100%.
To help Arizona travel and hospitality businesses recruit talent, AOT is working with Pipeline AZ and ARIZONA @ WORK to connect employers with job seekers.
The effort will kick off with a virtual hiring event on June 23 where job seekers can hear companies talk about their opportunities. Job seekers can also create an online profile to receive personalized job postings for employers to view.
“We really need staff now to not only handle the business that we see at this point, but also to get back to 100%,” said Blaine, anticipating the return of business and convention travelers to the Valley.
These employers will be at the job fair
Some of the employers who should participate are synonymous with the tourism industry, including Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott hotels.
But other employers might be a little unexpected.
Arizona State Parks and Trails will be looking for new employees at the event. Positions include park wardens, park managers, assistant directors and entry-level positions.
“We have posts outside that deal with the environment, deal with the protection of these resources and really work with people who love the same things that you do,” said Michelle Thompson, Arizona spokesperson. State Parks and Trails.
As visitors flocked to state parks during the pandemic, it has at times been difficult to fill positions.
“Many of our parks are in truly rural areas of the state, which can make it difficult to recruit and find people who might want to relocate, who may need to relocate, or who may be in smaller communities. “said Thompson.
The Talking Stick Entertainment District of the Indian community of Salt River Pima-Maricopa will represent 15 employers at the job fair, with opportunities ranging from internships at Butterfly Wonderland to positions in the Medieval times, who’s looking interpreters, food servers and cashiers.
“We’re starting to see a slight increase in not only visits from locals but also inquiries from visitors outside of the Phoenix metro area, which means job opportunities are going to be here,” Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez , responsible for tourism for the community, mentioned.
She said that across the Talking Stick Entertainment District, capacity is still below 100% due to personnel issues.
“We hope to connect with some really great people during this time,” she said.
How to Attend the Arizona Tourism Bureau Career Fair
- The virtual event takes place online from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23.
- Employers have until June 17 to register and participate.
- Job seekers can register until June 23.
- Information and registration methods: https://tourism.pipelineaz.com/page/june23.
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