Starwood Projects 12,000 New Jobs in 2010

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will add 12,000 new jobs to the global workforce this year—half of them located in the United States, it announced last week.

"Today, the travel industry employs 7.7 million Americans—more than double that of the auto industry—and travel is uniquely positioned to create even more jobs as the economy continues to recover," Starwood President and CEO Frits van Paasschen said in a statement. "After a year of hunkering down and cutting costs, companies are driving their topline again. By definition this means getting back on the road, which not only benefits their own business, but also helps spur job creation."

Starwood and its partners are expected to open 80 to 100 hotels this year, creating employment opportunities in general management, human resources, food and beverage, engineering and maintenance, housekeeping, and spa and guest services.

The new hotels, which span Starwood's brands, will be located both in major urban markets like New York and in smaller markets like Kalamazoo, Mich.

Soon-to-open hotels already hiring include The Westin Austin at The Domain in Austin, Texas; the Sheraton Brooklyn New York Hotel in New York; the W Hotel & Spa - Vieques Island in Puerto Rico; and the Four Points by Sheraton Biloxi Beach Boulevard in Biloxi, Miss.

—Nielsen Business Media