By Damon Mitchell • 17 March 2020 • 9:58
Hard knock for the tourism industry
COSTA DEL SOL’S HOTELS TO CLOSE LEAVING 12,000 UNEMPLOYED
EMPLOYERS and trade unions are considering closing practically all hotels on the Costa del Sol which could lead to the unemployment of 12,000 people. This is the first major consequence of the coronavirus crisis in the local tourism industry.
A number of establishments on the Costa have already ceased activity after several guests were moved to other hotels with higher occupancy, according to the president of the Federation of Hotel Employers of Andalucía, Luis Callejón Suñé.
However, with Monday’s exodus to the area’s airport, it is now only a matter of days until the 500 hotel establishments, which total 78,000 beds will close.
Hostels and aparthotels push the total up to 854 lodgings, with more than 100,000 beds and around 14,000 workers, according to data provided by the head of CC OO, Lola Villalba, who believes the industry will see a mass of temporary stoppage notices (ERTE) being issued.
Villalba said that she believed that most of these ERTEs would remain in place until June.
“It is an exercise in responsibility in the face of the situation we are experiencing,” she said, calling on the sector not to take advantage of the situation to cut staff.
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