VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s tourism industry is projected to lead provincial job growth as businesses seek to fill 101,000 new jobs by 2020, according to a study by Go2, the B.C. tourism industry’s human resource association.

“After several years of slow labour growth, the tourism industry is poised to expand,” said Arlene Keis, CEO of Go2. “Labour shortages are already being felt in places like Northern B.C. and in the Rocky regions. By 2016, the crunch will be more acute throughout the province.”

According to the study’s findings, more than 80 per cent of tourism’s new job openings are projected to come in food and beverage services (43,410 openings), recreation and entertainment (20,530 openings) and the accommodation sector (18,920 openings).

Experts suggest preparing training and education strategies for the newcomers to ensure tourism businesses can find and retain the skilled workers needed to keep their operations growing.

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