Travel Industry Taking Steps Toward Diversity

The travel industry is resolving its diversity issue with slow steps—but steps in the right direction, nonetheless. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, 59 percent of hotel, motel, and resort desk clerks were women, 18 percent of which were African American and 10.7 percent of which were Asian, gaining on 2014’s numbers. The number of Hispanic or Latino front desk employees fell between 2014 and 2015, but hotels also had the lowest percentage of white employees in the travel industry at 52 percent. Last year, U.S. hotels hired about 36,000 new employees and increased their percentage of non-white front desk employees by seven percentage points. To read more, click here.