Caveland Marketing Association hosts tourism career fair

CAVE CITY Ky.- At the Cave City Convention Center Wednesday, the Caveland Marketing Association held a tourism career fair to drum up much-needed employees for the upcoming peak tourist season in this area.

Seasonal hiring took a hit at Mammoth Cave National Park during the recent government shutdown because that time period fell within the same time frame that the national park uses to find people to fill those jobs.

Representatives from Mammoth Cave Lodging as well as other employers attended the job fair to find workers to fill hundreds of tourism jobs by spring.

Diamond Caverns general manager Eric Helton said tourists who already had Mammoth Cave tickets during the shutdown stopped at the caverns instead, drastically increasing traffic flow. He is always searching for employees for the peak season.

“Hopefully we see a bump in employment. Last year we were staffed appropriately which felt really good. That was the first time in several years. We’ve struggled in summers past. This year, we hope to have the same staffing, and be able to offer tours in a timely fashion to the public,” Helton said.

The career fair had people like Helton hopeful to fill tourism jobs. The event ended at 6 p.m.