It’s been well documented that Ottawa’s tourism sector has taken a $2.8 billion hit in visitor spending over the last 18 months. As part of Ottawa Tourism’s #invite2 campaign, which urges Ottawans to invite two friends or family to town for a three day visit, many of Ottawa’s hotels are currently offering special packages and discounts.
For Ottawa’s job hunters, now is the time to apply for positions at some of Ottawa’s hotels. Many have responded to staff shortages with higher wages and better benefits and perks, but that’s not the only reason to investigate hotel and hospitality careers. Working in smaller hotels often allows staff to take on more responsibility and experience professional growth at a faster rate, while larger brands have established employee training programs that will teach transferable skills sought around the world.
▪️Located in Kanata, Brookstreet Hotel is an independent four diamond brand with a conference centre, spa, fine and casual dining, and an attached golf course, The Marshes. Their website lists job openings in Food and Beverage, Housekeeping, Banquets, the fitness studio, Au Naturel Spa, Guest Services, and the in the golf department.
▪️Germain Hotels started its luxury boutique brand in Quebec City in the late eighties and has since opened locations under the Germain and more casual Alt brands in Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Sakskatoon, Halifax, and St. John’s. The Ottawa location at 30 Daly Avenue is currently hiring a Chef de partie, an Assistant Guest Services Manager, a Banquet Porter, an Accounts Receivable Technician, a Financial Analyst, Guest Services Agents, and more.
▪️The Marriott, under the Westin Ottawa brand, is searching for Guest Services Associates, a Valet Attendant, an Accounts Receivable Agent, as well as a Concierge.
▪️The Wakefield Mill Hotel and Spa is situated in the scenic Gatineau Park, and was the first hotel in the National Capital Region to receive LEED certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The facility is currently searching for Servers, a Line Cook, Massage Therapists and Estheticians, Receptionists, Room Attendants, and a Daytime Dining Room Supervisor.
▪️One of the most familiar landmarks of Ottawa’s skyline, the Fairmont Chateau Laurier offers old world charm and contemporary service in its rooms, restaurants, and event spaces. Recent job postings include Assistant Outlet Manager, Security Agent, Plumber Eng., and In-Room Dining Server (Full time).