Daytona, Florida hotel jobs remain open as summer tourism booms

DAYTONA Seaside — Jennifer Pickett was all smiles as she emerged from an job interview at an open up-household position honest this past 7 days at the Hilton Daytona Beach front Oceanfront Vacation resort.

Pickett, 45, who left her occupation as an assistant supervisor at a senior assisted dwelling facility in Palm Coastline in the wake of COVID-associated stresses of 2020, was enthusiastic about the potential customers of a hospitality vocation.

“I definitely assume this total area, Daytona Seaside, is hopping again,” she said, adhering to an interview that she hoped would lead to a position in reservations or purchaser support. “I consider the Hilton is a classy, subtle resort, with a wonderful sense to it. I imagine it would be a excellent resort to work for.

“There need to be hundreds of people today right here,” she explained. “I really do not know why there aren’t.”

In fact, company is booming at Volusia County accommodations this summertime, with occupancy and tourism mattress-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 many motels are continue to battling to seek the services of staff members to bolster workforces downsized by pandemic-connected staff reductions a calendar year ago.Only a trickle of candidates — a dozen or so — arrived about the to start with two hrs of the Hilton’s work fair, a 5-hour window for interviews about a huge assortment of positions that integrated bartenders, cooks, front-deck supervisors, protection officers, reservationists and other roles at the 744-home lodge, the biggest in Daytona Beach.