Hospitality giant Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, owner of Starwood Vacation Ownership, Inc., announces plans to add more than 12,000 new jobs this year. Half of the jobs are slated to be located inside the U.S. in such areas as California and New York. Starwood owns Sheraton timeshare resorts as well as Westin timeshares.
“Today, the travel industry employs 7.7 million Americans and travel is uniquely positioned to create even more jobs as the economy continues to recover,” said Frits van Paasschen, Starwood’s President and CEO. “After a year of hunkering down and cutting costs, companies are driving their topline again. By definition this means getting back on the road, which not only benefits their own business, but also helps spur job creation.”
The majority of the new jobs will come from newly opened hotel properties scheduled to occur this year. Starwood plans to add 80-100 new hotels under their 9 brands world-wide. The hotels will be looking for employees to fill positions in general management; human resources; food and beverage; engineering and maintenance; housekeeping; spa and guest services.