New employment analysis has revealed tourism as the major driver of jobs in this country since the recession, according to the national tourist board VisitEngland.
The work, commissioned by VisitEngland and carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that between September 2009 and September 2013 the number of people working in tourism industries in England rose by six per cent, equating to 153,000 jobs. Over the same period, the number of people working in other industries grew by just three per cent.
Tourism in England is worth £106bn and employs 2.6m people. According to People 1st, which promotes and supports skills and workforce development, tourism and the visitor economy is one of the largest employers of apprentices. Figures from the 2012-13 show approximately 65,000 apprenticeships in the sector.
“English Tourism Week is the ideal time to raise the profile of how important tourism is in stimulating new jobs in this country and providing exciting and challenging career opportunities for people of all ages,” said VisitEngland’s Chairman Lady Cobham. “I’m delighted that VisitEngland has teamed up with a number of apprentices from Hilton Worldwide to celebrate English Tourism Week in central London, to help raise the profile of the breadth of opportunities available in the industry.”
Hilton Worldwide’s National Apprenticeship Academy has seen more than 200 participants to date train with the company through one of seven 12-month apprenticeships since 2002, including food and beverage, professional cookery, front desk and health and fitness.
Minister for Tourism Helen Grant said: “Working in the tourism sector can offer a rewarding, challenging and fulfilling career. The industry is playing a key part in the Government’s economic growth strategy and English Tourism Week is the perfect time to highlight the career paths available and what companies like Hilton Worldwide are doing to help the sector go from strength to strength.”
English Tourism Week runs 29 March-6 April to celebrate tourism in England.
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