Marriott Plans Massive Layoffs as Hotel Industry Reels from Coronavirus Outbreak

By Anna Breuer on 17 March 2020
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In what is seen as the first major announcement of layoffs as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, Marriott International, which employs approximately 174,000 people across the globe, is preparing to furlough thousands of employees.

“As travel restrictions and social distancing efforts around the world become more widespread, we are experiencing significant drops in demand at properties globally with an uncertain duration,” Marriott said in a statement. “We are adjusting global operations accordingly, which has meant either reduction in hours or a temporary leave for many of our associates at our properties.”

The hotelier said it is shuttering some properties and would need fewer employees at the ones that remain open.

Marriott said that the furloughs would impact workers at all levels.  The company won’t pay salaries during the furlough but plans to continue to offer healthcare benefits

“While the ultimate impact is difficult to predict at this time given the fluidity of the situation, we remain confident in our long-term prospects,” Marriott said.

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