Form for partnerships in the event of a shortage of hotel staff

According to a new survey of members from the American Hotel & Lodging Association, about 87% of U.S. hotels are experiencing staffing shortages, up from 97% in the spring.

AHLA surveyed nearly 200 hoteliers from September 12-19.

Around 36% of respondents said they were “severely” short-staffed, and housekeeping shortages were cited as the biggest challenge by 43%.

The AHLA data shows an improvement on its previous report, published in June, in which 97% of respondents said they were short-staffed, 49% of them “severely”.

Part of the improvement could be because hotels “offer potential hires a host of incentives to fill vacancies,” according to the AHLA, including pay raises, better hours, flexibility and benefits, but “91% say they are still unable to fill vacancies.”

AHLA also announced its foundation’s new partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Corps, designed to better prepare hospitality students for the workforce with real-world experience while filling gaps in the workforce. ‘industry. The collaboration offers training and learning programs through career fairs, classroom visits, networking events and professional development training.

Similarly, Placemakr, a pop-up hotel operator formerly known as WhyHotel, and Virginia’s Marymount University have partnered to create a mixed-use hotel and residential property, Placemakr Marymount Ballston.

Located next to the private university’s Ballston Center campus, the property, formerly The Rixey, will open to guests on October 28 and comprises a 265-unit property offering residential apartments for student housing and apartment-style stays. The partnership allows students to help operate the property for education and real-world work experience, according to the company,

Hoteliers are “trying to fill an average of 10.3 positions per property,” which is an improvement from 12 vacancies per day in the spring, according to the AHLA.

The two partnerships aim to fill the more than 115,000 open hospitality positions, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.