COVID has cost Iowa’s hospitality industry 10,000 jobs and $420,000,000 in room revenue –


Statewide Iowa – A new survey finds hotels in Iowa lost nearly ten thousand jobs during the pandemic and nearly two thousand of those jobs have yet to return.

Jenn Clark Fugolo, spokeswoman for the American Hotel & Lodging Association, says it’s a challenge facing the industry not just in Iowa, but across the country.

In addition to lost jobs, the survey says hotels in Iowa also lost $420 million in room revenue alone during the pandemic. Fugolo says hotel owners in Iowa are working to attract new workers to the industry.

While hotel workers often get rooms at deep discounts when they go on vacation, she says another perk of working in the industry is the ease of upward mobility.

Not only are there positions open like reception and housekeeping, but she says there are opportunities in other areas, including housekeeping, sales and event planning. The association says Iowa has more than 700 hotel properties representing more than 51,000 rooms and employing more than 65,000 people across the state.

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