The hospitality, tourism and sport sector employs over two million people in the UK, across more than 220,000 different sized organisations
Employment opportunities in the hospitality, tourism and sport sector can be categorised into:
This sector is expected to grow significantly over the next couple of years, with a rise in demand predicted particularly for high level, skilled positions.
For examples of job roles in this sector, see graduate jobs in hospitality, tourism and sport.
The vast majority of organisations in hospitality, tourism and sport employ fewer than 50 people, meaning there aren't many large employers in the industry.
Where there are large organisations operating in this sector, they are mainly in the accommodation and sport and active leisure areas.
Examples of big companies operating in the industry include:
Graduates entering the hospitality, tourism and sport sector can expect:
Because of its reliance on consumer spending, this sector was affected by the closure of organisations during the recession.
Pubs, bars and nightclubs have been impacted the most during the economic downturn, but the majority of the issues actually arose before the recession, including the smoking ban, increases in 'beer tax' and competition from supermarkets.
The number of restaurants in the UK has fallen too, however the number of staff employed in this area has increased. This suggests the organisations that went out of business were small, while the larger chains have been expanding.
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