The hospitality and tourism sector of the economy has seen good signs for continued optimism and growth, and one hotel chain plans to add more than 500 jobs in the U.S. capital.
Not only have job listings risen 8 percent in the second quarter, but year-over-year job openings have increased by a whopping 25 percent, according to Hcareers. Spikes in business travel rates, new construction, demand for health and age-related services and the hotel occupancy rate climbing to its highest level since 2007 have also been credited with further job growth in the field.
"Hotel industry growth, especially the dramatic occupancy rate upturn, is likely a key factor in the 14 percent year over year increase in Hcareers hotel and resort job postings last quarter," said the company's product director Bryan Sauder.
Meanwhile, the new Marriott Marquis hotel in Washington, D.C. is expected to open on May 1, 2014, and bring with it as many as 600 new jobs, according to the Washington Times. Positions will pay $35,000 per year and the hotel is expected to be the largest in the city.