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Demand for Wisconsin tourism workers exceeds supply

The demand for tourism workers in Wisconsin is exceeding supply.

The Press-Gazette Media reports  the chronic shortage is prompting businesses and educators to develop new strategies to attract workers and train the next generation of managers in a quickly growing industry.

Tourism was an $18.5 billion industry in 2014 and accounts for almost 200,000 jobs in Wisconsin. Blue Harbor Resort, Spa and Conference Center in Sheboygan, The Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake and Destination Kohler partnered this spring with nearby Lakeland College to help train employees.

It offers students entry-level positions or internships while also help addressing the need of finding and keeping qualified employees.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development said it expects jobs in the hospitality sector to grow 9 percent by 2022.

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