• Post last modified:September 1, 2023

Hotel Management is a popular career option. The hospitality industry is one of the biggest employers in the world. In this article, we have focused on the best countries for hotel management jobs in terms of money satisfaction and growth.

It is not an easy task to segregate top countries for hospitality jobs and thus we decided to research 3 key parameters namely salary, satisfaction and growth.

To identify the most attractive countries for hotel management jobs we have considered salary as the key identifier. In order to determine growth, we have considered hotel industry growth, new hospitality companies opening and overall hospitality jobs being generated in the past years.

In terms of satisfaction, we have researched employee retention ratio, job security and turnover as well as feedback and general trends. 

We would like to make a disclaimer that in no way we are making any claims here. This guide is for reference purposes only for the convenience of hospitality professionals. 

Let’s get on with the list of top countries for hotel management jobs.

Best Countries for Hotel Management Jobs- Money, Satisfaction, Growth

Top Countries for Hospitality Jobs in Terms of Salaries

Salary has always been one of the top criteria for hotel management professionals in terms of deciding the company or country.

For hotel management freshers, the salary at times coincides with the minimum wage or is slightly higher than that. The beginning salary for hotel management professionals is certainly not among the best across industries. 

However, the salary rises exponentially with more experience and some of the best paying hospitality jobs are definitely in the higher brackets of remuneration.

According to CEO world Magazine data, the image below mentions the top countries with a minimum hourly wage. Purchasing power is also mentioned.

Now that gives us some idea regarding what to expect in terms of salaries across top nations in the world.

However, the management roles are the ones which decide the average salary of the country and nations like the USA, Canada, Australia and some of the Gulf Countries have displayed good salary hikes for their supervisory and management roles.

It is even more complex for hotel management professionals to decide the top countries in terms of salary as a lot of nations provide free meals, accommodation and tax rebates or complete tax exemption. This brings countries of the Gulf, Maldives, Mauritius, and Seychelles into the picture as well. 

So, let’s consider Tax rebates and overall remuneration in the ranking as well. So, based on our observation, we would consider the below countries as the 10 top destinations for hospitality jobs in terms of salary. 

  • United States of America
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Seychelles
  • Maldives
  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • Switzerland
  • Mauritius
  • United Arab Emirates

One of our other articles covers more about hotel management salaries. So, please feel free to check the same out if you would know more about salaries being offered within the hospitality industry across the globe.

Top Countries for Hospitality Jobs in Terms of Growth

The hospitality and travel industry has seen stupendous growth in the past decade with the USA alone contributing close to 20% of the total revenue in 2019. After the pandemic-induced lull, this has seen a rebound in 2023.

With close to 1 Trillion US contributions, the US is still at the forefront as far as growth is concerned.

Also, most of the top hospitality companies are headquartered in the USA. 

Maximum new hospitality startups and alternative lodging like Airbnb have also originated in the USA. So, while the USA still is considered a top hospitality country, Asian countries like India, Japan, Vietnam etc. are also growing at an excellent pace.

The below data from the World Economic Forum on top competitive countries in travel and tourism, as illustrated in the image, gives us a further idea of a few countries that have been growing on all parameters. These countries are well above the global average.

Considering all the above factors and official plus unofficial data, we can safely recommend the below list of countries as top hospitality job destinations in terms of growth.

  • Spain
  • Japan
  • United States of America
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Italy
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • Germany

Top Countries for Hospitality Professionals in Terms of Satisfaction and Security

No one would like to have a fancy job that pays a fortune but is not secure. Also, job satisfaction is being touted as one of the most important criteria for better retention at companies.

So, which countries are doing good in terms of providing a great workplace while providing job security?

We tried to dig deeper in terms of job security schemes and found out that European countries were a notch higher in terms of security and satisfaction.

Hospitality industry professionals regularly complain of long working hours. However, professionals from most European countries worked less than the global average. A 5-day work week like other industries is the norm in these top countries.

Worst performing countries in terms of job security and satisfaction are African and Asian countries barring a few. Countries like Japan, South Korea etc.

There are countries in Europe like Spain and Italy that do not have extremely robust job security schemes like Norway, Sweden or Switzerland.

Here’s our pick of top countries for hotel management jobs in terms of growth and satisfaction.

  • Switzerland
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • USA
  • Norway
  • Netherlands
  • Australia
  • New Zealand


There are various countries that could have found a place on this list of top hospitality countries for hospitality jobs. 

We have compared popular and desired nations by the global hospitality community. 

We have excluded countries that are not extremely open to the international hospitality community and have given preference to countries with culturally diverse hospitality communities. 

Again, we don’t make any claims here and the compilation here is not aimed at research or publications. The aim is to help hospitality job seekers decide on top locations for their prospective career move.

Hope this list and information would have been of some help in this regard.


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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Mbongeni Moyo

    I have completed a degree in Tourism and Management – Zimbabwe.l would like to be connected to Agencies that recruit from abroad.
    I specialised in Management.
    Would be grateful if yiu can connect me to lnternstional Recruitment Agencies- ANY abroad.
    Thank you for your support

    1. SOEG JOBS

      Hi Mbongeni. Thanks for reaching out. We don’t endorse or promote agencies. However, there are many that you can find depending on the location you are looking for work. We recommend you stick to direct hotel career websites which we have mentioned in our post on top hotel career websites. If you don’t yet have an active LinkedIn account, it’s time to have one and connect to recruiters. Follow our LinkedIn page as well which has over 60000 followers from the hospitality fraternity.

  2. Dionysios

    i have a BA in media, film and communication, a MA in anthropology and a technical degree in tourism.
    i have travelled a lot and am learnimg german and arabic. i am fluent in russian, greek, english, spanish and portuguese. where would you suggest i go to study or work? my interests are in the usa, canada, australia, nz and switzerland. i am a eu citizen.

    1. SOEG JOBS

      Hello Dionysis,

      Thanks for reaching out. The question is a difficult one as it depends from person to person. It is completely a matter of personal choices mixed with opportunities, vacancies, visa restrictions etc. Yourself being a EU citizen should find it easier to get a visa but lots of hospitality employers want prior experience. Your language abilities are certainly a plus. A good start would be to connect to people on LinkedIn who are already working or studying at your desired destination country. There are other article on this portal that might provide you with more information. We don’t offer recruitment support.

      Best wishes
      Manish (SOEGJOBS)

  3. Isabel

    Are you an EU citizen? We’re hiring cooks, assistant cooks, fast food cooks as well as kitchen assistants for the Peak ski & summer season in the beautiful resorts of Lapland northern Finland.

    Prompt interviews with EU citizenship willing to travel with 1 to 3 years of experience. Enjoy benefits, live-in positions with growth opportunities in great environments & good pay.

    Please email isabel@laplandjobs.com

    1. SOEG JOBS

      Thanks for the comment Isabel. Good to know that you help hospitality candidates get jobs in Finland without charging anything to employees. We encourage transparency in recruitment process. We are sure your agency would help a lot of hospitality professionals from all across the globe.

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