Technology Driving New Jobs in Travel IndustryMarch 1 | Posted by Joe Terzi | Executive Update, Industry Trends
According to a recent article posted on BrainTrack.com, the January jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the travel industry appears to be adding jobs at a higher pace than other sectors. The article quotes David Huether, senior vice president of economics and research at the U.S. Travel Association, who reports that travel employment has risen by approximately 3.2 percent, outpacing the rest of the economy by one third, which saw a rise of only 2.4 percent.
Following the January announcement of President Obama’s initiative to boost tourism, this is a positive indication that the travel sector is continuing to see growth, and that the industry is making a positive impact on job creation.
Part of the job growth seen in the travel sector is directly impacted by technology and the web. Online Travel Agencies such as Orbitz and Travelocity create a demand for new positions, such as the revenue manager or e-commerce manager, who populate and keep track of travel product inventory. These positions are the fastest growing jobs in the hotel industry, and the need for these positions will only continue to grow.