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Galway Chamber works to combat vacancies in the tourism sector in West

With nearly 40,000 vacancies in the tourism sector across the country, Galway Chamber are working on a campaign to give employment in the local sector a much-needed boost in with a new campaign called ‘Why Work West’.

The campaign is being launched on the back of news that a third of tourism businesses who are experiencing difficulties in recruiting and retaining staff may have to close if the shortages in the market are not resolved, an issue which was highlighted in a new survey.  79% of such firms also said they may have to reduce their capacity or trading hours, if they are unable to find the right skills, according to the research conducted by Fáilte Ireland.

The new campaign will aim to assist businesses who could be impacted by this issue and is supported by Galway City Council and the Chamber’s Tourism Committee.

Specifically, the objective of this initiative is to assist those in tourism and hospitality businesses in filling the vacant position within their teams. Some of the initial steps involved in the campaign include:

  1. Creating a bank of content showcasing the benefits of working in the tourism and hospitality industry in Galway and the West.
  2. Highlighting the jobs that are available in Galway for those currently unemployed or looking to change career.
  3. Assisting in placing students in part-time roles through engagement with the two third level institutes.
  4. Aiding businesses in filling vacant roles, in turn assisting them in increasing business levels.
  5. Reinforcing the benefits of choosing to live and work in Galway and the West of Ireland.

As part of the campaign, a series of videos and stories from workers in that sector will be shared on digital platforms and social media. While new section will also be created on the Galway Chamber website dedicated to highlighting relevant jobs openings.

Chair of the Galway Chamber Tourism Committee Eveanna Ryan says, “Simply put Galway has a job for you, regardless of your skillset or level of experience. Candidates will find fantastic job openings in Galway, covering hospitality, travel and tourism roles. Whether you're a professional looking for new challenges or an employer looking to fill staff gaps, this campaign aims to help make the right connections for you.

“Galway's friendly atmosphere and propensity for daring business ideas make it tough not to fall in love with the city. Galway is renowned as a vibrant hospitality centre, thanks to its emphasis on culture. Our ability to deliver a fantastic night out – whether it's theatre, comedy, or music – is world renowned. So we would encourage anyone who wants to work in that space, to have all that Galway has to offer on their doorstep, to engage with the ‘Why Work West’ campaign and discover all the options available,” she concluded.

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