About The Hospitality And Tourism Cluster

Posted: Updated:

When 8th graders are asked the question "what does the hospitality and tourism field mean to you?," most will initially think of amusement parks, visiting zoos, site seeing historic places, traversing a state park or exploring underground caves. Many students would not think of all that the field has to offer such as: the performing arts, museums, sports and entertainment.

Hospitality goes far beyond the idea of a city welcoming tourists and travelers. It is the hotel experience, special events happening in the city, dining at local restaurants and every point of entry encounter, beginning at the airport or bus station. The jobs involved in making these experiences happen will be an option to students in the future and should be considered when they begin to envision a career path beyond 8th grade.

With the rapid growth of Indianapolis, there will be a substantial need for employees across all industries to support the demands of the future workforce. JA JobSpark is instrumental in engaging the next generation of leaders with hands-on career learning experiences that will align with the high demand jobs in our city’s near future. According to Visit Indy, Indianapolis had 80,600 employees in the Hospitality and Tourism industry in 2016. It is estimated that in 2025, there will be 96,000 jobs, an increase of almost 16,000 open positions in less than 10 years! Future plans for the city consist of the development of the GM Stamping Plant site, the White River Master Plan, Air service improvements, a connected trail system, hotel development and neighborhood programs. The future opportunities for every business and citizen in the community should "spark" excitement as our city will only continue to thrive, driving the demand for a future workforce that is prepared.

Why did you want to be part of JA JobSpark? "As a Marriott employee, I am fully aware of the needs that our city is going to have. Each hotel can employ up to 200 people in positions across all industries. I enjoy being a part of JA JobSpark because I get to directly make an impact on the future of my industry.  Plus, I’m able to engage other industries and learn more about the needs of our city and what makes Indianapolis excel. Specifically, in the Hospitality and Tourism cluster of JA JobSpark, there are leaders supporting the cause from museums, sports and culinary to the airlines and each corner of the performing arts."

Bryan Schmidt is business development director of Marriott East.

  • Perspectives

    • Three Ways to Stand Out In a Competitive Hospitality Market

      For many business leaders in the Indianapolis area, it can be difficult to differentiate your brand from competitors. Indianapolis is booming, and we're in an era where consumers have access to countless choices! That's why it's more important than ever for brands to provide consumers with compelling reasons to spend their hard-earned money on their product or services.

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • Walmart Details Crawfordsville Layoffs

      Walmart Inc. (NYSE: WMT) is reducing workforce at the Walmart Optical Lab in Crawfordsville. In a notice to the state, the company said 108 employees will be out of work by the end of September. A corporate spokeswoman told Inside INdiana Business the decision was a response to "changing business needs." She added "we are making adjustments at our Walmart Optical Labs in Crawfordsville to help ensure we have the right people in the right place at the right time."

    • 'Best And Worst-Run' Ranks Hoosier Cities

      Three Indiana cities are included in WalletHub's list of the "2018 Best- And Worst-Run Cities in America." The list compares 150 of the most populated cities across several categories, including financial stability, education, and economy. 

    • Brown County Aims to 'Buck' Rural Flight

      The Maple Leaf Performing Arts Center isn't the only big ticket project making progress in Nashville. Town Manager Scott Rudd says some $40 million in projects designed to the boost the quality of life for locals and visitors alike are in the works in the tourism-focused community. The owners of Big Woods and Quaff On breweries are just days away from the grand opening of the multi-million-dollar Hard Truth Hills attraction in Brown County, which covers 325 acres and includes...

    • Officials broke ground on the project more than two years ago.

      Steel Producer to Open Shelbyville Plant

      Governor Eric Holcomb will Wednesday join executives from Nippon Steel & Sumikin Cold Heading Wire Indiana Inc. to cut the ribbon on the company's 150,000-square-foot facility in Shelbyville. The $50 million project is expected to create up to 70 jobs by 2021.

    • Tech Apprenticeship Company Scores $4.2M

      Kenzie Academy Inc., a technology industry apprenticeship program that has its first campus in Indianapolis, has received a $4.2 million seed round of funding. The company uses what it calls a "college-alternative" model that involves a year of immersive learning and a year of paid work at its consulting subsidiary, Kenzie Studio. Kenzie Academy says the investment, led by New York-based ReThink Education and supported by...