Even with COVID-19′s Delta variant surging, people are still traveling to and from Florida in huge numbers. And Tampa International Airport is racing to meet demand.

That’s why the airport this week will hold its largest career fair ever, with nearly 1,000 jobs up for grabs.

The fair, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday between airsides E and F in the main terminal, will feature about 950 openings at shops, restaurants and rental car companies; as well as airport services like maintenance, baggage handling and customer service.

The fair has about twice the number of openings of two other big airport job fairs this year. Events in February and May sought to hire about 480 workers, but filled only a portion of those.

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Most of the jobs are with companies other than the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. American Airlines, Budget Group and FedEx Express are hiring. So are companies that conduct work for other airlines, like Eulen America (Delta, American, Sun Country, Spirit), Global Aviation Services (Frontier, Air Canada) and UnifiService (United, Spirit, Breeze).

Some of the companies looking for workers had to lay off or furlough employees as air travel plummeted during the pandemic.

Aviation company Prospect of Tampa laid off 156 workers; they’re now hiring a number of passenger service workers. Hertz and Avis laid off a combined 277 workers; they’re now looking for rental car sales agents and workers to prepare cars for rental.

Now, though, 1.7 million passengers traveled through Tampa International Airport in July, up from 594,415 in July 2020. Already this year, two new low-cost carriers, Breeze and Avelo, have launched service from Tampa International Airport. And in their working draft budget for next year, airport officials are expecting record revenues.

Related: New low-cost carrier Avelo Airlines coming to Tampa International Airport

“We’re excited to see most of our passengers fly again, and we want to make sure we provide them with the service they deserve and have come to expect of the team at TPA,” John Tiliacos, Tampa International Airport’s executive vice president of operations and customer service, said in a statement.

Job applicants are asked to bring multiple copies of their resumes and two forms of identification. For more details, see tampaairport.com/hiringday.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — AHC Hospitality is looking to fill more than 100 openings at a job fair on Tuesday, July 27.

The company, whose properties include the Amway Grand Plaza and JW Marriott, has openings for cooks, dishwashers, front desk staff, housekeeping, security and restaurant front-of-house staff.

The job fair is taking place at the Amway Grand Grand Plaza’s first floor Imperial Ballroom from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is available in the Amway Grand Plaza or JW Marriott Hotel parking ramp, and parking tickets will be validated inside the hotel.

A full list of the open positions can be found here.

AHC Hospitality says it provides the following benefits:

· A newly increased starting minimum wage for hourly associates, now $14, up 19%

· Health benefits, including dental, vision and medical insurance for full time employees

· Worldwide travel discounts with Hilton and Marriott branded properties

· Paid 30-minute meal periods with free lunch and/or dinner

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids’ Amway Grand Plaza hotel will be bustling with job recruiters Tuesday as several hotels look to rebuild their workforce.

AHC Hospitality is looking for nearly 100 workers, including restaurant and hotel managers, baristas, servers, houskeeping, cooks, a butcher and a massage therapist. The company says with COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns lifted, it needs more workers as business picks up.

The job fair runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday inside Amway Grand Plaza’s first floor Imperial Ballroom. Attendees can park for free at the Amway Grand Plaza or JW Marriott Hotel parking ramps by bringing their parking tickets into the hotel for validation.

AHC Hospitality plans to fast-track hiring at the job fair with on-the-spot interviews that could lead to an immediate job offer and the potential to start work that same week.

More than a dozen jobs listed by AHC Hospitality have remained open for more than a month. The company is hopeful a recent minimum wage hike to $14 an hour will lure new applicants, in addition to health care benefits for full-time workers.

AHC Hospitality is also touting some nontraditional perks, including free employee meals while working, discounted parking downtown and travel discounts at Hilton and Marriott properties.

AHC Hospitality manages six hotels in the downtown Hotel District, including Amway Grand Plaza, JW Marriott Grand Rapids, AC Hotel by Marriott, Courtyard by Marriott, Hyatt Place and the dog-friendly Morton Hotel, which opened in March.

Those who cannot attend the job fair can find out more by emailing [email protected] or calling 616.776.6464.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Arrivia, the Scottsdale-based travel loyalty technology company that helps businesses deliver more value to their customers through a wide variety of unique and relevant travel content, is holding a job fair on Wednesday, July 21, at the Scottsdale Quarter to hire qualified talent in various sales positions. Arrivia made significant investments in technology, marketing, and leadership during the pandemic designed to accelerate its growth through the recovery, and is seeking growth-minded candidates to fulfill its mission.

“We want to identify ambitious and driven individuals to help expand our sales team and help our customers travel better and experience more,” said Jennifer Strauel, senior vice president of human resources at arrivia. ” We embrace diversity, have a vibrant company culture, and offer progressive benefits that make arrivia a great place to work at any career stage – opportunity awaits you here”.

New hires will not only get to fuel their passion for travel and adventure, but they’ll also have opportunities for earning and growth beyond their initial roles. Arrivia team members are inspiration agents, providing exclusive travel privileges like cruises, flights and vacation packages to the customers and loyalty members of some of the biggest brands in the world. Employment perks include access to exclusive rates on cruises, airfare, resorts, tours, car rentals, dining, and a free resort stay on their first workplace anniversary at arrivia.

Team members working at arrivia’s new headquarters have access to in-office amenities that include an in-office gym and massage area, destination-themed collaboration spaces, and an outdoor patio. The offices are located within Scottsdale Quarter, a vibrant, open-air town center with sought-after restaurants, unique shops, and other entertainment options.

“We have given special thought to the importance of our new facilities at the Scottsdale Quarter because we believe in investing in our team members,” said Mike Nelson, chief executive officer of arrivia. “Knowing that team members are the heartbeat of our organization, we have cultivated a work environment that makes them happy to come to work and inspires them every day.”

Arrivia creates and manages customized programs in 20+ languages and 40+ currencies from 9 global offices with nearly 1,500 employees in the US, Mexico, UK, Portugal, India, and Australia. The company serves more than 55 million consumers worldwide by handling over 3.5 million calls annually.

To learn more about careers at arrivia, visit www.arrivia.com/careers.

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Arrivia is a travel technology company that provides travel loyalty, booking and marketing solutions to consumer-facing companies that want to deliver exceptional value to their customers, uncover new revenue streams and drive growth through exciting travel rewards and member benefits. The company’s Travel Privileges platform opens up the world of travel for companies like American Express, USAA and Marriott Vacations Worldwide by offering their customers more value through exclusive pricing and encouraging discovery with relevant and personalized options that inspire travel and consumer loyalty. To learn more

Navy Cove oyster farm in Fort Morgan is one of the pioneers of aquaculture along the Gulf of Mexico. Chuck Wilson founded the farm in 2011, when the idea of growing single oysters in off-bottom cages or baskets was still a new concept in the area. As mouths around the South – and the country – started tipping up half-shells of Alabama-farmed oysters and slurping them down, the product’s popularity increased, and the number of devoted fans grew alongside the state’s oyster-farming industry.

In March 2020, Navy Cove was getting ready to harvest a bumper crop of bivalves and deliver them to restaurants that would serve them to hungry beach crowds, and they expected to do the same all summer long. The pandemic put the brakes on it all.

“We had a lot of oysters on the farm that were about to be market size in March and early April, right when things started shutting down,” Wilson said. Business dropped precipitously and quickly. “We expected to sell 15,000 to 20,000 oysters per week from spring through August. We sold a third of that.”


TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa International Airport is seeing a huge increase in passengers and on Tuesday, the airport is holding a job fair in response.

It’s the third job fair the airport’s held this year.

This time they’re looking to fill 150 positions, all in retail and restaurants.


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“We’ve seen travel come back in a big way.  As you can see, we have a ton of people traveling, and we need to keep the restaurants and shops open for the full shift,” said Emily Nipps with the Tampa International Airport.

The days of 20,000 people traveling through TPA are long gone, and officials said now, they’re averaging about 60,000 passengers each day which is comparable to record breaking numbers in 2019.

In order to accommodate all of the additional people, the airport has to staff back up to pre-pandemic levels to offer people the customer service they expect when they travel through TPA. Even expansion projects that were put on hold during the pandemic are back in full swing, and airport officials said they expect it will only get busier.

“We expected recovery this year, but I think it’s been quicker than we thought it would be,” Nipps said. “I think all airports were not expecting this quick of a recovery. It’s great, it’s good to see people traveling again, but it really happened very fast.  We do expect a busy summer, and we’ll have a busy holiday season as well.”

The in-person job fair will be from 9am-1pm on Tuesday, and a virtual job fair from 2pm-4pm.

 

The Atlanta airport plans to hold a job fair once a month through the summer, with the next one expected in late July. Officials will reassess the situation in the fall to see if the job fairs need to continue, said Hartsfield-Jackson public affairs director Myrna White.

“This is a national issue with employers, having vacancies and not being able to fill them,” White said.

About 2,050 job candidates pre-registered for the airport job fair Wednesday. To encourage social distancing, fair organizers had made a schedule that would allow about 200 people per hour to enter. But with no-shows, there was plenty of space available for much of the time and airport officials also welcomed walk-in candidates.

“We’ve had a few hits of great candidates, but we need a lot more,” Global Concessions recruiting manager Jonathan Harps said early Wednesday afternoon. That’s because passenger traffic at the airport has “picked up faster than we expected,” he said.

Most of Global Concessions’ restaurants are operating at Hartsfield-Jackson, but a few haven’t yet reopened — including the IHOP in the domestic terminal — because of staffing issues.

Hartsfield-Jackson is asking all concessionaires to reopen by August 1 and to return to full operating hours.

In addition to problems finding workers, concessionaires also have faced challenges with vendors that can’t get enough drivers and warehouse workers, Brown said.

“There’s still a lot of fear out there about the pandemic, especially with the new Delta variant,” she said. But “we don’t cower in the face of challenges.”

“We’re getting back to grassroots recruiting,” handing out flyers and going to more events in search of workers, Brown said. “You’ve got to hit the ground.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic displaced thousands of hospitality workers, the Arizona Office of Tourism scrambled to help people find jobs at places like grocery stores and hospitals by connecting them with employers who needed their skill sets. 

A year later, AOT Deputy Director Becky Blaine, who organized that effort to connect employees and employers, finds herself once again helping job hunters. This time, she wants to bring them back to the tourism industry. 

“Now we’re finding, as you know, things are opening back up, there’s more consumer confidence happening. People are traveling again now that they’ve been vaccinated. We really have to ramp back up our tourism workforce across the state,” Blaine said.

She points to data collected by Longwoods International, a travel research consultant,  showing 90 percent of travelers have travel plans in the next six months, the highest percentage since the start of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, she said some Arizona resorts are operating at reduced capacity due to a lack of staffing. A sellout evening might be 80% of rooms available instead of 100%. 

To help Arizona tourism and hospitality businesses recruit talent, the AOT is working with Pipeline AZ and [email protected] to connect employers with job seekers.

The effort will kick off with a June 23 virtual hiring event where job seekers can hear from companies about their opportunities. Job seekers also can create an online profile to receive custom-matched jobs and for employers to review.

“We really need to staff up now to handle not only the business we’re seeing at this point but getting back to a full 100%,” Blaine said, anticipating the return of business and convention travelers to the Valley. 

These employers will be at the job fair

Some of the employers expected to participate are synonymous with the tourism industry, including Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott hotels.

But other employers might be a bit unexpected. 

Arizona State Parks and Trails will be looking for new employees at the event. Positions include park rangers, park managers, assistant managers and entry-level positions.

“We have positions that are outdoors, that are dealing with the environment, dealing with protecting those resources and really getting to work with people who love the same things that you do,” Michelle Thompson, spokesperson for Arizona State Parks and Trails, said. 

While visitors have flocked to state parks during the pandemic, it has sometimes been challenging to fill positions. 

“A lot of our parks are in really rural areas of the state and so that can make it difficult to recruit and find people who may want to move, who may need to relocate or who may be in the smaller communities,” Thompson said.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District will represent 15 employers at the job fair, with opportunities ranging from internships at Butterfly Wonderland to positions at the lively Medieval Times, which is looking for performers, food servers and cashiers.  

“We’re starting to see an uptick not only in visitation from locals

Late last week the city workforce development office announced that after a two-year break mostly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Job Center will once again bring a “One-Stop Pop Up” fair to Park Central Square in downtown Springfield.

They’ll offer free resume assistance, help with job searches, a skills assessment and information on workshops and trainings, according to a news release.

The outdoor event is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. It’s meant to deploy “the resources of the Missouri Job Center into the heart of communities in the Ozark Region and (provide) information to those who may not be able to travel to a Job Center location.”

In a statement, Sally Payne, the city’s interim director of workforce development, said, “There are a number of barriers to employment like transportation and child care that can prevent job-seekers from visiting Job Centers to look for employment, so these Pop-Up Job Centers help to address that problem.”

Payne added that similar pop-up events are to take place in each of the seven counties served by the local section of the Missouri Job Center, along with the downtown Springfield fair.

Payne told the News-Leader by email on Monday that there were several reasons for bringing back pop-up job fairs of this kind. They were started in 2017 as a trial run but paused after 2019. 

“They have been highly effective reaching those job-seekers that have never visited a job center in the past, so it reaches new people and gives us the opportunity to meet people in other locations due to transportation barriers getting to one of our locations,” Payne said.

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“After (earlier pop-ups) were successful,” Payne added, “we realized we wanted to continue. Other states and regions in our state have modeled after us due to the success. They have been very successful particularly with youth in Greene County, I believe due to the location. More Job Centers are using this model because it’s a very economical way of providing our services. Brick and mortar is expensive to put in every county.”

This week’s One-Stop Pop Up is to be stationed on the square in front of the Park Central Branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library. In case of rain, they’ll move inside the library.  

More pop-up job fairs coming to nearby Missouri counties

Job center officials on Monday released a list of regional pop-up career events:

  • Christian County’s pop-ups at Christian County Library branches took place May 25-26.
  • Webster County Square, July 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Polk County, TBD in August
  • Stone County, Galena Library, Sept. 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dallas County, Heart to Heart Food Pantry, Oct. 6, 12:30 to 4 p.m.
  • Taney County, Elevate Branson, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • O’Reilly Hope Center, TBD in December
  • Missouri Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Office, Campbell Avenue location only, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., first