Contributed by: Don WinnerThere are about 6,000 jobs available in the different hotels in the country, so the National Institute of Vocational Training for Human Development (INADEH) and the Panamanian Association of Hotels is training those who are working or who want to work in the industry. There are also opportunities for those wishing to work in this industry. In addition, there are already about 35 schools who are providing a Bachelor's degree in Tourism to meet the demand.
Editor's Comment: There are currently about 45 hotels in construction in the different parts of Panama, with the grand majority of the new rooms coming on line in Panama City. Everyone already knows that there will be more jobs available than people to fill them. Training new people is supposedly the solution, however unemployment is already at record lows. There are only so many bilingual or trilingual front desk receptionists with experience in the country. Oh, and by the way - has anyone pointed out the fact that customer service in Panama sucks? I mean, no offense or anything, but there simply is no culture, experience, or expectation of superior customer service in this country. None. Business people already know - if you absolutely have to have excellent customer service, hire a Colombian... (no kidding). Panama is about to face a severe labor shortage, and the only way out will be to issue short term work permits to foreigners. I've been predicting this for months if not years. The squeeze is starting, and it's going to get worse. Wages will go up for those most in demand.