Visit Philadelphia creates network to help laid-off hospitality workers find new jobs

John McDevitt
July 07, 2020 - 4:00 pm

    PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Visit Philadelphia created a new section on its website to help tourism and hospitality workers, who were left unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic, find new jobs in the industry.

    “It is a one-stop shop,” said Jeff Guaracino, Visit Philadelphia president and CEO, of visitphilly.com/jobs. “The hospitality industry is a major industry in this region. It employs more than 103,000 family-sustaining jobs, and then COVID hit and immediately, we lost 44,000 jobs in the industry as we were staying at home. 

    “Now as the tourism industry begins it’s slow reopen to welcome back visitors to come and explore our region, people are hiring.”

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    There are many job opportunities at places like hotels, restaurants and other businesses throughout the region.

    “There are also job resources for people who are interested in the hospitality industry, and we directly link them to places that will help you prepare for a career in the hospitality industry,” Guaracino added.

    Soon, there will be job postings for museums and other attractions. And, the job-hunting site is free.

    Guaracino said before the creation of the site, job seekers would have to visit more than 50 different hotel websites to see what position may be available.

    “It wasn’t easy to find and was time-consuming,” he said. “Our hope is that this new job section at visitphilly.com will make it quicker and easier for people to see all of the open positions that are currently open, and then down the line to find other positions that might up become available.”