In potentially positive economic news, Starwood Hotels & Resorts announced it will create more than 12,000 new jobs in 2010, including
spa jobs.

The majority of the new jobs will be created through the 80 to 100 new hotels Starwood and its development partners are slated to open this year globally, according to a press release posted to These hotels, which span Starwood’s nine brands, will be located in urban areas as well as smaller markets. Hotels will offer a range of positions including general management; human resources; food and beverage; engineering and maintenance; housekeeping; and spa and guest services.

On its website, Starwood Hotels & Resorts lists among its spa positions spa director, assistant spa director, massage therapist, esthetician and salon technicians, and notes, “The most common spa services include massages, facials and nail services.”

“Today, the travel industry employs 7.7 million Americans—more than double that of the auto industry—and travel is uniquely positioned to create even more jobs as the economy continues to recover,” said Frits van Paasschen, President and CEO of Starwood. “After a year of hunkering down and cutting costs, companies are driving their topline again. By definition this means getting back on the road, which not only benefits their own business, but also helps spur job creation.”