The tourism industry is taking a hard hit from the temporary closures nationwide.
As a result of what will more than likely be a slow financial recovery, Walt Disney World’s Swan and Dolphin Resorts have laid off over 1,000 of its employees, effective this November.
According to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Notice sent to Orange County Major Jerry Demings, the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort will permanently lay off a total of 1,136 employees. These layoffs go into effect on November 13, 2020.
The Swan and Dolphin Hotels noted in their report that “challenging business conditions, including historically low hotel occupancy and mounting event cancellations, will extend into 2021. Based on these forecasts, it has been determined that job eliminations are required.”
The layoffs span across multiple departments at the two hotels, including cooks, servers, housekeeping, front desk, and more. According to the report, both part-time and full-time positions were impacted by the layoffs.
The two resorts join a series of layoffs that have taken place over the past several weeks and months as a result of the negative impact on the tourism industry in Central Florida. Recently, Universal Orlando laid off over 1,00o hotel employees, which came after the resort laid off an unknown number of Team Members across the parks and resorts shortly after reopening in June.
Click here to read about analysts predicting that 2021 may be another “lost year” for Disney theme parks.
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