Mayors Taveras and Fung Host Hospitality and Tourism Job Fair

PROVIDENCE, RI – More than 200 job seekers turned out today for positions in the hospitality and tourism industry at a job fair co-hosted by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and Cranston Mayor Allan W. Fung.

The job fair was held at the Casino in Roger Williams Park and featured representatives from 29 area businesses including hotels, restaurants and caterers. It was the 15th event in a series of free job fairs hosted by the two mayors.

“Too many Rhode Islanders are in need of stable employment and economic opportunity,” said Mayor Taveras. “I am proud to come together with Mayor Fung and our statewide partners to connect area residents with work in the hospitality and tourism sector and grow our economy.”

“I am pleased to join with Providence Mayor Angel Taveras in offering another opportunity to connect those seeking employment with employers in the thriving hospitality industry,” said Mayor Fung. “Employment opportunities in the hospitality industry is expected to add an additional 1,000 jobs and it continues to rank as one of the top five job producing industries in the state.  Once again, we are proud to be working together to connect our unemployed or underemployed job candidates with outstanding employers in a fast paced industry.”

Companies at today’s job fair include Blount Fine Foods, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Go Collette, Hilton Hotels, the Hotel Viking Newport, the Howley Bread Group’s Panera Bread, the Rhode Island Convention Center, The Vanderbilt Grace, Venus de Milo, and Twin River Casino.

The series of free, industry-specific job fairs was launched last year in an effort to target high unemployment among Rhode Islanders and to align skilled workers with available jobs in Rhode Island companies. To date, more than 2600 area residents and 400 companies have participated in the series.

The job fairs are jointly sponsored by Workforce Solutions of Providence/ Cranston, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.

Upcoming events are scheduled for:

  • September 10: Technology (Roger Williams Park Casino)
  • October 15: Retail (Roger Williams Park Casino)
  • November 12: All Industry and Manufacturing (Roger Williams Park Casino)

To pre-register for any of these events as a job seeker or employer, visit

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