Why Aren’t We Engaging More Youth in Tourism and Hospitality?

Step off the plane. Exchange money. Find a taxi. Arrive at the hotel. Check in. Eat dinner. Visit a national tourism site. Buy a souvenir. Return to a clean room. Repeat. Every day of our travel, we engage with the tourism and hospitality sector both directly and indirectly. And yet, we do not ask ourselves who is making sure our needs are met. Who is engaging in the sector and how? Who isn’t – and why? The tourism and hospitality sector creates jobs, drives exports, and generates incomes around the world. The World Travel & Tourism Council reported the sector accounted for 10 percent of global GDP and 10 percent of total employment in 2018. The sector’s growth even outpaced general economi