Apprenticeship looks to close equity gap in travel and tourism

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — To deal with under-representation in the hospitality industry, Experience Columbus sought after businesses in central Ohio that would partner with them to close the equity gap.

Shannon Jones, the diversity equity and inclusion director for Experience Columbus, helps to manage the apprenticeship program.

“According to the last census here in Franklin County, 24% of our population identified as Black; however, pre-COVID, only 16% of our industry identified as Black,” she said. “There’s clearly a discrepancy there that we definitely wanted to close.”

While there is diversity in the tourism industry, Jones said it becomes less in the leadership positions.

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