Workforce Training for Careers in Hospitality and Tourism
Maryland tourists and travelers spent $15.4 billion on travel expenses in 2013. Visitor spending generated close to $2.1 billion in State and local taxes, including income taxes from the wages of industry employees, sales taxes for tourism goods and services, hotel occupancy taxes, property taxes, and other corporate taxes.
Hospitality and tourism comprise the 4th largest segment of Maryland’s economy. In many jurisdictions, hospitality and tourism are the leading employers. Attracting and retaining a hospitality and tourism workforce which provides exceptional service to visitors is a constant challenge.
According to Tourism Economics, tourism is the 10th largest private sector employer in the State, supporting 138,682 direct full-time equivalency jobs in leisure and hospitality, retail, transportation, and other sectors impacted by visitor spending. For these employees, tourism jobs provided $4.6 billion in wages and salaries in 2013.
The links below will help you identify training and education opportunities across the state, whether you seek information for individuals
• Entering the industry as a first career opportunity
• Building an existing career in the industry
• Transferring skills from another industry