The Hotel Industry: Making Room for Economic Growth in NH

Among a state’s many benchmarks of economic success is its hotel industry. States with a vibrant tourism sector require more hotels to house more vacationers. And states with good jobs must accommodate those who are in town for interviews. Let’s not forget our own residents and their attraction to New Hampshire’s natural beauty, either. After a long day of visiting Mount Washington with your wife and two children, a three-hour drive home to Nashua might not sound too appealing.

Mount Washington. Photo by Wikimedia

Hotels as Economic Engines

All of this is very good news for New Hampshire. The hotel industry, which typically represents 1 in 25 US jobs according to a study done by Oxford Economics, is a solid engine of job growth in our home state when you consider that 10,000 New Hampshire jobs were added in 2019. From new hotels in Portsmouth to expansions in Concord, the industry is not contracting but expanding from the seacoast to the capital.

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Hotel Job Openings in New Hampshire

The AC Hotel in Portsmouth, about which owner Mark Stebbins says “There is no hotel like it in downtown Portsmouth” is currently hiring for over 15 part and full time positions. Front desk agents, servers and maintenance technicians can all find work at the AC Hotel. Another hotel, the Hotel Concord which is in our capital city, recently expanded its space and its staff, adding 17 rooms to “the first upscale boutique hotel in the state capital has a revitalized downtown and cultural hub at its doorstep.” Farther north, the Omni Mount Washington Resort‘s website search returned over 20 job postings for positions like culinary apprentices to ski instructors. And at the time of this blog posting, the Centennial Hotel in Concord, voted a top hotel in New England in Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards in 2018, was looking for a Human Resource/ Accounting Coordinator and two housekeepers.

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Making Room for Economic Growth in NH

The strength of a state’s hotel industry often mirrors the strength of its economy. Not only does New Hampshire serve as a tourist attraction for out-of-staters, but it is also the home of locals who enjoy exploring its beauty from the White Mountains in Lincoln to the Mine Falls Park in Nashua. And with a bustling economy, New Hampshire is a place to which people travel for interviews and move for jobs (myself included). As a result, there is a great demand for hotels and consequently a plethora of opportunities for those seeking jobs in the hotel industry. Opportunity Knocks in New Hampshire thanks to the hotel industry.

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