JobsDB: 10,000 tourism jobs posted daily
MANILA - AT least 10,000 jobs in the tourism sector are being posted every day, owing to huge investments in hotels and casinos as well as resorts in the country’s travel destinations, said jobs search engine firm JobsDB.
At the same time, a Department of Tourism (DOT) official said academic courses on tourism are now being fine-tuned to fit into the highly competitive work force needs of the luxury hotels and resorts investing in the country.
Sheryll Tiburcio, country manager of JobsDB Philippines, said jobs in the tourism sector rank eighth in the top 10 sectors with the highest job opportunities. In the Philippines around 10,000 jobs in hospitality and tourism industry are available at any given time.
Tiburcio said there are 100,000 job seekers that registered recently in the travel and tourism industry job site.
The jobs search engine has partnered with Philippine Travel Operators and Agencies (Philtoa) in holding a one-day job fair at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City on Wednesday.
Luxury hotels including Solaire and Sofitel, as well as resorts, travel agencies and hospitality sectors posted more than a hundred job openings in the event.
“The numbers are significant in that it tells us that there is a growing number of young Filipinos who are keen on being in the frontline of the ever-growing tourism industry, an industry that is poised to bring in 10 million tourists in the next three years,” said Tiburcio in her speech at the opening of the job fair.
Maria Corazon Guerrero, officer in charge of the DOT accreditation division, said the department and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) have embarked on a program to upgrade the quality of tourism courses in the colleges and universities in the country.
“These programs by the DOT and CHED are aimed to produce graduates who will meet the highly competitive demands of the travel and tourism sector in the country,” said Guerrero in an interview with reporters.
He said the need to “improve the quality of tourism professionals is more pressing now that there is an increase in the number of new luxury resorts, casinos and hotels opening in the country.”
The government is gearing to attract 10 million foreign tourists by 2016 and the biggest challenge for the industry remains adequate accommodation, leisure activities and unique attractions, and improved infrastructure to link tourists from airports to tourist destinations.
In Photo: Photo shows graduating students from Metro Manila colleges and universities in search of gainful employment in the tourism sector during the Trabaho sa Turismo 2013 job fair at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The job fair was held jointly by JobsDB and Philippine Tour Operators Association to sustain the growth of domestic tourism and achieve the government’s goal of 10 million inbound foreign travelers by 2016. (Nonie Reyes)