Hospitality, now a $460 billion industry, is growing so quickly that it creates 300,000 new jobs each year. This creates enormous opportunity of advancement for those with the right skills and attitude. By 2011, the industry will need 100,000 more managers just to keep pace. This translates into great opportunities for those learning the hospitality business today. According to the U.S. Travel and Tourism Administration, tourism is now the world’s largest industry with sales of $3.6 trillion dollars. New research conducted by the National Restaurant Association also shows significant increases in restaurant industry salaries. In addition to providing a wealth of available positions, the industry is paying its employees competitively.
Fueled by improving same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) recently rose to its highest level in more than three years. This growth is also partly attributed to the increased use of technology in the restaurant industry. Using waiter pagers, such as those by JTECH, demonstrates than your establishment is using technology to improve the customer’s experience. ServAlert® waiter pagers are an investment you can make that not only has the potential to increase profits, but more specifically, it enables your waitstaff to get meals on their tables while the food is at its’ peak, making a strong statement that your restaurant focuses on the guests’ experience. “In addition to improving current situation indicators, restaurant operators are increasingly optimistic about sales growth in the coming months, and also reported a positive outlook for staffing levels for the first time in six months,” Hudson Riehle added, senior vice president of the Research and Knowledge Group for the Association.