WOMEN IN THE HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY: EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
In the 21st century, the hospitality industry has become an economic and social phenomenon, and therefore makes a significant and important contribution to employment. Hospitality is now being the second fastest growing economy sector after health care, with the highest job opening rate in the last few years. Within the hospitality industry, women represent nearly 70% of the workforce, however paradoxically there is a marked under-representation of women in senior positions, with women holding less than 40% of all managerial positions, less than 20% of general management roles and between 5-8% of board positions. This paper was conducted mainly with a view to identify and summarize the information about challenges and opportunities in women’s employment in the hospitality industry. Narrative review was used where related articles, reports and studies were selected and later, compared and summarized.
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