Looking for work? Thailand looking to hire Filipinos to fill shortages in hospitality workers

This photo taken on April 9, 2018 shows a crowd of tourists on the Maya Bay beach, on the southern Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Photo: AFP
This photo taken on April 9, 2018 shows a crowd of tourists on the Maya Bay beach, on the southern Thai island of Koh Phi Phi. Photo: AFP

If you’re interested in broadening your horizons by working abroad, here’s some good news: Thailand is looking to hire Filipinos to fill the gaps in its shortage of hotel and hospitality workers.

Thailand’s Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn had reportedly requested help from Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Frasco to help Bangkok’s hospitality industry as the Thai capital is currently experiencing a “60-percent shortage in the accommodation sector workforce.”

Phiphat said that the lifting of travel restrictions and the revival of tourism activities in Thailand has left the country with a shortage in their workforce up to middle manager positions.

The Thai minister added that Filipinos in the hospitality sector are preferred because of their “impressive command of the English language — a requirement in accommodating Thailand’s increasing foreign tourists and guests.” 

In response, Frasco has invited Thailand to join the Tourism Job Fairs organized by the DOT and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in September.

Frasco and Phiphat also explored how both countries can boost their tourism cooperation agreement, exploring collaborations with Thailand on Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions (MICE); education tourism (particularly English as Second Language); and food and gastronomy tourism.

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