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  • Writer's pictureStephan Busch

Make sure there is a future for young people and hospitality!

With the confusing development the Corona panic is continuing the young people are hit the hardest when it comes to employment.

“Marriott International, the world's largest hotel company, said it has started to furlough what could amount to 115.000 employees with out a job.

Pebblebrook Hotel Trust, which owns over 50 hotels in the US including the W in Los Angeles, laid off 50% of its 8,000 employees on March 17. CEO Jon Bortz also told the Los Angeles Times that the company may need to lay off an additional 2,000 employees by the end of the month.

The proportion was particularly high in the catering sector: 58 percent of the companies are planning to cut jobs. In the hotel industry it is 50 percent, among travel agencies and tour operators 43 percent, in the auto industry 39 percent. "From now on, the crisis will impact the German labor market," said Ifo researcher Klaus Wohlrabe.”

How difficult it might be we will have to provide jobs for young people otherwise the price to pay will be too high in the future. Countries like Spain had youth unemployment before Corona of 40%. Of course now politicians use Corona as an excuse but they failed miserably before the pandemic.

It is time for the state to interfere and and provide education, basic jobs and training centers for young people. It will also provide job opportunities and income for the experience hospitality workers.

Up to now the state and the institutions show only interest in supporting big cooperation which is counter productive as they just fill their pockets. If hospitality should restart the biggest obstruction will be the incompetence of politicians.

Author: Stephan Busch, Academic Director at the State University for the Humanities Moscow RGGU, Faculty of Tourism & Hospitality and the Swiss International University earned his Master Certificate in Hospitality Management from Cornell University, USA. He has a diverse experience in launching operations, business development and service training- for hotel and cruise companies in Asia, Europe, Canada and Russia.,

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