At the same time, strong competition has prompted many hotels to enhance service standards by increasing their workforce.
"The job market in the hotel sector is strong and healthy. We are experiencing a rebound in hotel development," says Judy Hou, director of human capital at Hotel ICON, which is scheduled to open for business early next year.
Richard Hatter, general manager of Hotel ICON, says some hotels might have postponed recruitment last year but, as business has improved, hotels have begun re-hiring.
Located in Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hotel ICON is the Polytechnic University's research and teaching hotel, and it has more than 260 rooms.
"We are expanding our business and enhancing our service levels," says Katy Fok, director of human resources at The Mira Hong Kong. The hotel will organise a career day this month, with "openings from entry level to middle management, including some replacements and additional headcount".
Island Shangri-La has also stepped up recruitment, says Kenneth Wai, area director for human resources. "Most positions are at the operational level," he says. "There are also some vacancies in middle management due to internal promotions. The labour supply is sufficient. That said, it remains tough to find [top professionals] who are a perfect match with our corporate culture."
To attract the right talent, some hotels have raised remuneration packages. Aside from salary, job-seekers, particularly from "Generation Y", choose employers by considering future career prospects and development opportunities. "They consider the overall working environment of the prospective employer," Wai says. "They aspire to work in an environment where they feel their contributions are valued, and they can get job satisfaction."
Hou says "Generation Y" job-seekers attach great importance to work-life balance. Echoing Wai's sentiment about pleasant working environments, Fok says the hotel offers comprehensive care packages for employees to help foster a sense of belonging.
"We have a fully equipped play room with the latest interactive video game systems,"