The Beijing Foreign Enterprises Service (FESCO) said in a recent report that Beijing and Shanghai will each need 500,000 trained hotel staff by 2010 to serve the millions of overseas tourists expected to pour into the country for sightseeing and international conferences.
It also said that at least 10,000 sports management professionals and 7,000 trainers will also be needed this year to meet the Chinese public’s renewed interest in physical training and sports generally.
Li Yiguang, Assistant General Manager and Director of recruitment department with FESCO, said, ‘These rising demands are attributable to the Olympic Games, which have stimulated local interest in sports as well as making China an even more popular travel destination for the next two to three years.’
Professional consultant Hao Jian was quoted as saying in the Guangzhou Daily that the Olympic games’ influence on the host country’s economy, particularly its tourism and sports, usually ‘lasts for a decade’.
Source: China Daily