Hillsborough County Hotel Motel Association Hires Hospitality Expert to Collect & Compile Data from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties
Tampa, FL (July 12, 2016) … Hospitality industry jobs have been labeled by many observers as offering low pay, lacking benefits and providing limited chances for advancement to employees. The industry reality, however, is quite different. The growth in the number of hospitality and culinary arts program students suggests it may be time to revisit the stereotype.
A new study that is the first of its kind for the Tampa Bay lodging industry will gather information about current pay rates and the value of job related benefits to better characterize salary ranges, employment subsidies and career growth opportunities available at local full- and select-service hotels.
Commissioned by the Hillsborough County Hotel Motel Association, and underwritten in part by Lykes Insurance, surveys will be distributed to hotels and resorts in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties this month. Participation is voluntary.
“We want to confront the fallacy that has plagued our industry in the minds of some legislators, economists and others and provide proof that we are true partners in terms of economic development,” said Bob Morrison, HCHMA executive director.
“With this survey we will confidentially gather information from local hotels that will provide a more realistic picture about our industry, the pay rates it offers and the potential that exists for employees to increase their hourly pay, transition from part time to full time status or qualify for salaried positions.”
Dr. Marissa Orlowski, a professor at Rosen School of Hospitality Management, University of Central Florida, will begin administering the survey in mid-July and provide aggregate results to HCHMA and participating properties within four to six weeks.
Survey questions will address wages, benefits and gratuities solely for hourly hotel employees. In addition to earnings, surveys will also gather financial information related to medical, dental and vision plans, retirement plan options and other job-related benefits, such as tuition reimbursement to meal subsidies, that may be available to local hourly employees. Future studies may include salaried employees, which would have the impact of raising the average industry wage.
The Hillsborough County Hotel Motel Association is a membership-based organization that represents leading hotels, motels and resorts. First organized in 1937, HCHMA’s membership include owners and managers of hotels, motels and resorts, attractions and venues that are beneficiaries of the Tourist Development Tax allocated within Hillsborough County and businesses that provide products and services to the hospitality industry.