Hospitality & Tourism

  • Hospitality & Tourism encompasses the management, marketing and operations of restaurants and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events and travel-related services.  There should be a greater need for chefs and head cooks as the population grows and people’s incomes increase. It is becoming more common for consumers to demand healthier food at restaurants, cafeterias, and grocery stores, so experienced chefs will be needed to help prepare these meals. Recreation workers lead leisure activities in recreation facilities, including playgrounds, parks, camps, and aquatic centers. As more resources are put toward fighting childhood obesity, more recreation workers will be needed to help guide children through physical activities. The need for food service managers is expected to increase because people will continue to eat out during this time period, so managers will be needed to supervise food establishments.

    Employment Projections: 2016-2026*

    The Hospitality & Tourism cluster employed approximately 486,000 Virginians in 2016 and is expected to employ about 58,000 more in 2026.  Based on Trailblazers calculations using data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,  This represents about 12 percent growth over the decade.  The Hospitality and Tourism Cluster is projected to have the greatest number of annual job openings among all the clusters between 2016 and 2026.*