The global tourism industry has been hit by a labor shortage this year and the United States is short of nearly 700,000 employees, a special website said Friday.
The World Tourism and Tourism Council (WTTC) and Oxford Economics report released on its website that there were 6.6 million vacancies in the tourism sector in the country in the second half of 2021.
In the coming year, one in every 13 jobs is expected to be available, while labor shortages will affect the recovery of operations, a fact that will hit the rest of the world.
The document highlights that companies in the sector are finding it difficult to fill vacancies as unemployment rates fall and travel demand increases.
Julia Simpson, president and CEO of the WTTC, said the U.S. economic recovery would be severely threatened if there were not enough individuals to fill these positions at the same rate as passenger returns, endangering the survival of companies. Department.
The outlook for 2022 is somewhat positive, as the WTTC believes that about 480,000 direct jobs will remain unfilled, and that the problem is likely to persist, although supply and demand issues appear to be gradually rectified next year.
As a result of the Covit-19 epidemic, many governments, like the temporary employment regulatory files in Spain, began efforts to save jobs, but despite efforts, 62 million tourism jobs were lost worldwide.
This year, although restrictions on movement are more flexible than in 2020, demand has recovered somewhat, but labor supply, especially in the current second half, has not been able to keep pace with rising labor demand.
This is a problem not only in the United States, but also in Italy, France, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Spain.
(With information by Brenza Latina)