Hospitality industry struggling to find workers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The hospitality industry in Nashville is facing an unexpected problem as it grows -- finding enough qualified applicants to fill the number of open positions.

Several new restaurants have located in the city recently in addition to the opening of the Omni Nashville Hotel.

Tennessee Hospitality Association President and CEO Greg Adkins told The Tennessean ( ) that the problem finding qualified workers is greater than the industry expected.

Among those in high demand are culinary and housekeeping staffers. The newspaper reports some businesses are considering applicants with no experience just to fill the need.

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