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Mike Forrest, kitchen manager of New Glasgow Lobster Suppers, chats with Fengyuan Zhang about possible employment at the restaurant this summer during Saturday’s tourism job fair at the Delta Prince Edward. Zhang was one of hundreds of hopeful employees who attended the job fair.
More than 600 employment opportunities were up for grabs at the annual tourism job fair in Charlottetown recently that was hosted by the Tourism Industry Association of Prince Edward Island (TIAPEI).
It provided job seekers, students, employers, training institutions and government agencies a central location to network.
Organizers said the event was the most effective for businesses currently recruiting, expecting to recruit in the near future or those wanting to promote their services to job seekers.
“The tourism industry has so many opportunities that can appeal to different interests and ages,” said TIAPEI president Robert Jourdain.
The fair was open to all ages, skill levels and educational backgrounds of people.
Tourism is a major industry in Prince Edward Island that provides more than 7,300 full time equivalent jobs for Islanders. It accounts for approximately $401 million in economic activity each year and seven per cent of the province’s GDP.