A new Hilton hotel in the north east is proving that hospitality as a career definitely still has appeal, after more than 2,000 people applied to be part of the team ahead of its launch.
Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland, which is due to launch this month, was inundated with applications after launching a recruitment drive to fill a number of roles from chief engineer to night-time receptionist.
All the positions have now been filled, with around a third of the new recruits aged from 16 to 24.
“The hospitality industry is an exciting place to work and it’s full of opportunities for today’s young people. That’s why we’re pleased to receive such a high number of applications from this particular age group,” said Kim Kelso, general manager for the Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland.
The new hotel comprises 141 bedrooms, a 24-hour business centre, fitness suite and Pan-American in-house restaurant, the Karbon Grill Kitchen and Bar and is scheduled to officially open its doors on April 28.
“We’ll be hitting the ground running when doors open,” said Kelso, “with visitors from across the UK expected for SAFC’s last two home games of the season in early May alongside England’s match against Australia at the Stadium of Light.”