Aware of a need for the travel industry to nurture and provide employment opportunities for todays young people, Hilton has celebrated its commitment to fostering career opportunities for a million youths before 2020.
Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) recently celebrated its second annual Careers@Hilton Live: Youth in Hospitality Month, a global career awareness initiative showcasing the diversity of opportunities available in the hospitality industry. Throughout the month of May, Hilton Worldwide properties and offices hosted more than 750 events globally totaling 22,365 volunteer hours and reaching more than 90,000 young people. Careers@Hilton Live is just one program in support of the company’s Open Doors commitment to impact one million young people around the world by 2019 and better prepare them to reach their full potential.
“Travel and tourism accounts for one in eleven jobs globally and provides tremendous opportunities for job seekers,” said Christopher J Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton Worldwide. “Through Careers@Hilton Live, thousands of young people learned more about the meaningful and diverse career pathways available to them. A job in hospitality can be the start of an exciting career for anyone who is passionate about delivering exceptional guest experiences and where the possibilities for growth are endless.”
More than 6,300 employees across Hilton Worldwide’s properties and offices hosted a wide array of events, geared toward different hospitality career opportunities. Twelve hotels were recognized for their outstanding events through three awards that highlighted creativity, employee engagement and overall commitment to raising awareness. Hotels hosted events ranging from cooking competitions in the United States, to hospitality boot camps across Italy to career development sessions in Saudi Arabia. Winning hotels include:
This year Hilton also took Careers@HiltonLive online, encouraging participation through Hilton’s “Career Concierge” experience. The program invited individuals to submit their questions via Twitter (@HiltonWorldwide) using hashtag #CareersatHiltonLive, or through www.hiltonworldwide.com/youth. Over the course of five weeks, 66 questions were received from 29 countries and answered by 13 Hilton Team Members.
Wrapping up the month, Hilton’s own millennial Team Members shared their career advice with other job seekers through a series of videos. From offering top tips for careers in hospitality and achieving work-life balance to sharing their perspectives on leadership and what young people bring to businesses, Team Members provided their own insights on opportunities at Hilton.