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When away from home, whether for business or leisure, the most likely place one will stay is at a hotel. Hotels need to be calm and relaxing places in which the employees fit in like pieces of furniture so much so the guests hardly notice them, at the same time as providing astute and well run services. Working in a hotel is often hugely stressful due to its fast paced nature. Employees must ensure that there is a quick turnaround between guests and that the highest standard is offered. Job opportunities are hugely diverse and range from chefs to room service; the key is providing the appropriate ambiance.
There are 27,000 hotels in the UK. Premier Inn are the UK's biggest hotel chain, with 550 hotels and a total of 40,000 rooms. They were founded in 1987. Service occupations account for almost two-thirds of the industry's employment — by far the largest occupational group. Hotels employ many young workers and first-jobbers in full-time, part-time and seasonal jobs.
Job opportunities should be good as low entry requirements for many jobs lead to relatively high staff turnover.
Hotels and other accommodations are as different as the many family and business travellers they accommodate. The industry includes all types of lodging, from luxurious five-star hotels to youth hostels and RV (recreational vehicle) parks. While many provide simply a place to spend the night, others cater to longer stays by providing food service, activities and meeting rooms.