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HOTELS and restaurant owners have travelled to Dublin to recruit thousands of Irish employees to work in Western Australia.

Australian companies want to fill up to 5,000 hospitality positions in the west of the country.

Chefs, managers, bar staff and receptionists are all required for vacant positions right across the region, from Perth to Geraldton to Broome and beyond.

Seminars will take place in the Burlington Hotel today and tomorrow where business leaders will outline opportunities for Irish people under 30 to travel and work for up to two years.


Dublin businessman Sean Reid, managing director of The Breakwater venue, in Perth, said hospitality companies in Western Australia simply can't fill the thousands of positions available.

And hotelier and mining group executive Ashok Parek, originally from Dublin, said the region is booming and hoteliers have travelled to outline the many opportunities for educated, skilled Irish workers. Australian Hotels Association CEO, Bradley Woods, said that the hospitality sector is crying out for skilled, educated professionals from Ireland.

"We've thousands of hospitality jobs waiting to be filled in Western Australia and some operators from our top hotels and hospitality businesses have come to Dublin to take part in the Travel and Work WA seminars," he said. "Western Australia is a great destination to consider for a working holiday."