STUDY: HOTELS ADDED 1,200 JOBS IN APRIL AMID LABOR SHORTAGE

U.S. HOTELS ADDED 1,200 jobs in April, recent government statistics showed, yet employment levels in the industry still lag significantly behind pre-pandemic
levels, according to American Hotel & Lodging Association. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also noted that there are currently about 1.92 million people employed
in hotels, representing a decrease of 193,600 compared to February 2020. The association is advocating for policy changes to address hospitality industry’s labor
shortages.

AHLA urged the Department of Homeland Security to issue around 65,000 additional H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas, as authorized by Congress in the
Further Consolidated Appropriations Act.

“Hotels are doing all they can to attract and retain workers, but the nationwide workforce shortage is preventing our industry from reaching its full
potential,” said Kevin Carey, AHLA’s Interim president and CEO. “AHLA members need help filling open jobs so they can maintain and expand operations. The
DHS can provide vital assistance by making available nearly 65,000 additional H-2B visas. Meanwhile, we are urging Congress to pass three important bills to
help grow our nation’s workforce: the Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act, the H-2 Improvements to Relieve Employers Act and the Closing the Workforce Gap Act.”