Plenty of high-paying jobs are available in Sri Lankan tourist hotels, with an entry level job today paying twice as much as any other field, Minister of Tourism Development John Amaratunga said.
A hotel employee is entitled to two monthly payments, the basic salary and a service charge, he told the 38th Graduation Ceremony of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management on Monday.
“When these two are combined and factored in along with other benefits such as free meals, accommodation and medical benefits, the income is much higher than other fields,” Amaratunga said.
“It is also noteworthy that the salaries paid by the big hotel chains are now comparable to what is being paid globally. Therefore, there is no longer any reason for our qualified hoteliers to look for jobs overseas as their income will be greater if they stay here.”
Amaratunga said that, today, there is a serious issue with regard to manpower in the tourism and hospitality sectors.
“The demand is more than the supply. This is because of the continuing expansion of the hotel sector, while the youth continue to focus on the more traditional career paths as opposed to the more glamourous hospitality careers,” he said. “The result is that many lucrative job opportunities go a begging.”
With tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka growing year by year, a growing number of international hospitality brands have entered the island.
These include Hyatt, St. Regis, ITC, Marriot, Shangri-La, Sheraton, Hilton, Radisson and Silver Needle.
“These hotels will open up thousands of opportunities for our youth and it is our responsibility to both attract and train them to take up responsible positions in these establishments.”
(COLOMBO, July 04, 2017)