The growing challenges of the global pandemic is impacting the travel industry. Hundreds of Orlando tourism workers will lose their jobs in less than two months. Marriott plans to cut 600 employees from the Orlando World Center Marriott Hotel. The hotel chain sent a letter sent to the state of Florida discussing their change in employment plans.
The letter said that the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the hospitality industry has been “historic, swift and devastating.” The resort expects the challenges of the pandemic to continue into 2021. The travel industry is still actively working towards ensuring the health and safety of guests. But the financial effects are proving to be difficult even for them. Hotels and resorts are seeing less business activity than what was previously anticipated. The recovery process may be slow, but they hope to return to normal activity levels after the pandemic ends.
The company will also lay off an additional 150 employees from the Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village. This location is near the Walt Disney World Resort property. Many of the guests who stay there come for Orlando’s theme parks.
The layoffs will take effect by October 23, 2020. Sadly, it’s expected that the layoffs will be permanent.
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