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Vendor Registration for the Wake County Hospitality Job Fair Closes Next Week

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February 07, 2019
The second Wake County Restaurant and Hotel Job Fair is scheduled for Tues., March 5, 2019, at the Raleigh Convention Center from 10AM-3PM. The event is a partnership between Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh) and Capital Area Workforce Development, North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Raleigh Convention Center. The job fair will feature over 100 hospitality industry employers looking to fill more than 4,000 full and part-time positions.

Attendance at the Job Fair is free for job seekers. Vouchers will be provided for free parking at the Raleigh Convention Center underground parking deck. To access, use the entrance on W. Lenoir St. between Fayetteville and S. Salisbury Sts. Free transportation is also being provided by GoTriangle and GoRaleigh. Job seekers traveling to the Job Fair will be able to pull-up on their mobile device and/or print off a free transit pass by visiting GoRaleigh.org/workforce.

“The hospitality and tourism industry employs more than 63,000 people in Wake County which accounts for roughly 10% of the local workforce. Further, the industry has been adding 800 new jobs per year since 2009 and is expected to grow by 9% over the next five years,” said Dennis Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (Visit Raleigh). “Finding quality talent to fill these jobs has become an issue as demand for jobs has grown. Our goal with this collaborative initiative is to address the workforce shortage our restaurants, hotels, attractions and service providers are experiencing while sustaining and fostering the growth expected.”

The tourism industry is as large as it’s ever been here in Wake County with more than 16 million visitors choosing to visit Wake County each year and collectively spending $2.5 billion annually while here. Wake County is home to more than 1,300 restaurants and 150+ accommodations, with another seven hotels currently under construction and 19 hotel projects in the final planning stages.

“We hope anyone looking for work will come out to this Job Fair. The full-time career growth opportunities within the hospitality and tourism sector have long made it very attractive to people with varying levels of educational and training backgrounds. We also know many people today are supplementing their incomes with secondary jobs and the tourism and hospitality sector is also great for that,” said Pat Sturdivant, Executive Director at Capital Area Workforce Development. “This is an excellent event for learning about careers in the restaurant and hospitality sector from big brands like Marriott down to small, local businesses alike. We’re honored to be bringing the Job Fair to Wake County and hope people take advantage of this unique opportunity at what is an exciting time of need for the industry here locally.”