Top Five Trends in Hospitality for 2014
Kendall College School of Hospitality Management, ranked the No. 1 program in Chicago for preparing students for hospitality careers, has released its first-ever trends outlook for the hospitality industry in 2014.
1. Global Going Strong: International Knowledge in Demand
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, the Travel and Tourism industry is currently among the largest and fastest-growing industries worldwide, forecasted to support 328 million jobs, or 10 percent of the workforce, by 2022.1A top 10 industry in the U.S., Travel and Tourism provides one out of eight jobs, with that number increasing at an exponential rate, adding approximately 55,000 jobs per month in 2013.
Specifically, with the U.S. a global travel hub, forecasting nearly a 30 percent increase in international arrivals through 2018, and Chicago already reaching 65 percent of the mayor's goal of 50 million visitors by 2020 in just two years, Kendall suggests the number one trend is "International Knowledge in Demand.”
"It's an exciting time to be part of a fast-paced and evolving industry, and it's our goal as thought leaders to provide an unparalleled, well-rounded education that positions students ready for opportunities in the U.S. and beyond," said Emily Williams Knight, Kendall College President. "Chicago is one of the most vibrant hospitality and business centers in the country, so students have a unique opportunity to literally be in the center of such a dynamic and important global industry, which ultimately gives them a professional edge."