Quebec tourism industry looking for more workers as busy summer season begins

Quebec's tourism industry wants YOU.

The busy tourist season is about to begin and there's a shortage of about 20,000 workers across the province -  over 7000 needed in Montreal alone.

François Chevrier, spokesman for the tourism industry coalition, Alliance de l'industrie touristique du Québec said they're a victim of their own success - the tourism industry has been growing over the past decade so they need more workers, from cooks, housekeeping and ticket sale personnel to managers and accountants. Sectors include restaurants, hotels, sports and leisure, transport and office work.

Chevrier told CJAD 800 they're not only turning to students but retirees and seniors looking for a new challenge.

The association said tourism in Quebec brings economic spinoffs of nearly $16B a year, half of that coming from tourists from overseas.