PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland has a long standing tradition of welcoming immigrants and refugees to start a new life in the United States. At the same time, the city's tourism industry is booming, and that has attracted several new hotels to the area.
City officials invited organizations that serve refugees and hotel managers to a forum to help match new Mainers with careers in hospitality. Organizers hope the forum will be the first step in creating a dialogue between hotel managers and refugee services.
"We have a vast majority of people who can work in the housekeeping field and then work their way up," Portland Refugee Services Program Manager Regina Phillips said. "And we also have some that can come in and be a desk clerk, who can be a manager, because of their previous experience from another country."
The hotels currently under construction in greater Portland are expected to bring three hundred fifty new jobs to the region.