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Hospitality Students' Perceptions towards Working in Hotels: a case study of the faculty of tourism and hotels in Alexandria University

Sayed El-Houshy

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Abstract: The tourism and hospitality industry worldwide has been confronted with the problem of attracting and retaining quality employees. If today's students are to become the effective practitioners of tomorrow, it is fundamental to understand their perceptions of tourism employment. Therefore, this research aims at investigating the perceptions of hospitality students at the Faculty of Tourism in Alexandria University towards the industry as a career choice. A self-administrated questionnaire was developed to rate the importance of 20 factors in influencing career choice, and the extent to which hospitality as a career offers these factors. From the results, it is clear that students generally do not believe that the hospitality career will offer them the factors they found important. However, most of respondents (70.6%) indicated that they would work in the industry after graduation. Finally, a set of specific remedial actions that hospitality stakeholders could initiate to improve the perceptions of hospitality career are discussed.

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Date: 2018-07
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