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Travel and Tourism Hiring Swell Leaves Some Disappointed

Excerpt from LA Times

Aug 12, 2013 5:45 am

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More than other industries, jobs in travel and tourism cover the spectrum from low-wage jobs to triple figure salaries, but the U.S. Travel Association determined that the average job nets a middle-class salary, so growth in the sector is still quite encouraging.

— Eliza Ronalds-Hannon

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Hiring for travel and tourism jobs has surged so much in the last few years that the industry has recovered 92% of the positions lost during the recession while the rest of the economy has only recovered 77%.

But some economists dismiss the swell in hiring, arguing that many travel and tourism jobs are part-time or minimum-wage positions, such as waiters.

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