More workers are leaving the hospitality industry as Europe faces a hotel staff crisis
Europe, this popular destination for tourism and the developed hospitality industry, has been hit hard by all recent developments, starting with Brexit – the UK leaving the European Union, the COVID-19 pandemic and , more recently, the Russian invasion of Ukraine. .
Specifically, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused workers in the industry to rethink their career choices, and more of them are even leaving the industry altogether and opting for remote work, which has experienced a boom in recent years, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“It’s very difficult to find people to come back to the industry because it’s an industry where, in some cases, you depend on migrant labour. We have Spaniards and Sicilians in Malta because there are more opportunities. They went home because of COVID, will they come back”, Simon Naudi, CEO of Corinthia Hotels, a Maltese company, told Euronews.
In addition, the situation is also difficult due to the fact that the policy has impacted the desire of workers to work in the hospitality industry, given the travel restrictions, which although the majority of them have decreased, some remain to this day and depending on the epidemiological situation, these can be reintroduced at any time.
In other words, COVID-19 has changed how workers in the hospitality industry perceive their work, which unlike others cannot be done from home. Cooks, cleaners and receptionists all need to be on the job for this industry, which can be risky, especially during the pandemic.
Additionally, industry representatives are also frustrated with governments with their policies against immigration, as well as long visa processing times and complex procedures.
Such hassles are making it difficult for the hospitality industry to recover, although data from official bodies shows that the rebound in travel to European countries is strong and steadily increasing.
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) previously revealed that around 1.2 million jobs in the tourism and travel sector remained vacant in the 27-nation bloc, which may impact the recovery of the sector as it marks the first positive signs after almost two years without activity.
“In 2021, when governments started easing travel restrictions and traveler confidence improved, the sector’s direct contribution to the EU economy recovered by 30.4% and recovered 571,000 jobs”, reads the press release issued by the WTTC.
WTTC analysis shows that the difficult labor shortage during the summer tourist season, as well as the urging of the authorities to take urgent measures in this regard, have been listed as the main reasons for the shortage situation. workers in industry.