Daytona, Florida hotel jobs continue being open up as summertime tourism booms

DAYTONA Seaside — Jennifer Pickett was all smiles as she emerged from an interview at an open up-house task honest this earlier week at the Hilton Daytona Beach front Oceanfront Vacation resort.

Pickett, 45, who still left her career as an assistant manager at a senior assisted living facility in Palm Coastline in the wake of COVID-relevant stresses of 2020, was psyched about the prospective buyers of a hospitality profession.

“I really imagine this whole region, Daytona Seashore, is hopping once again,” she stated, adhering to an interview that she hoped would direct to a position in reservations or purchaser services. “I feel the Hilton is a elegant, innovative lodge, with a terrific really feel to it. I consider it would be a good lodge to operate for.

“There should really be hundreds of individuals listed here,” she claimed. “I do not know why there aren’t.”

In truth, business enterprise is booming at Volusia County motels this summertime, with occupancy and tourism bed-tax collections topping the destination’s overall performance for pre-COVID 2019.

Hisa Tamura, a guest services employee, rolls a guest's luggage to their car during check-out on Monday at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. The 744-room hotel, the largest in Daytona Beach, is among the Volusia County hotels struggling to hire workers as summer tourism is booming, a reflection of a national trend.

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 Yet quite a few accommodations are even now battling to hire workforce to bolster workforces downsized by pandemic-connected workers reductions a calendar year in the past.Only a trickle of candidates — a dozen or so — arrived about the initial two several hours of the Hilton’s job fair, a 5-hour window for interviews about a vast array of careers that included bartenders, cooks, front-deck supervisors, security officers, reservationists and other roles at the 744-place lodge, the major in Daytona Beach.