TUI, the world’s largest holiday company, announced 8,000 job cuts recently and this has left a massive shortage of holiday reps available to look after any potential holidaymakers.
The tourism sector in Spain now has another problem to face, lack of staff. Thousands have left the industry recently either by choice or having being fired. Some are waiting to go back to their country of origin and some are making a career change. The industry will never be the same again and that statement is echoed throughout halls of travel firms around the world.
Jeff Chapman, a former rep for a large holiday group said: “It’s gone, it’s all gone, I was fired by email a few weeks ago, I’ve been working in the job for 10 years and I loved it but things changed when that awful virus spread like wildfire in February. We (the entertainments team) were looking forward to a busy season and then bang, it was all over.
“I feel sorry for my friends, some of the older ones, what are they going to do now? Thirty years in the business and now too old to get another job, it’s awful.”
Benidorm, always a favourite with holidaying Brits has faired no better it seems, social media is awash with requests for work from ex-holiday firm employees and I was told many are just waiting for the all-clear to go back to Blighty and rethink their careers.
Only the next few months will tell if things pick up and bookings for the Costa del Sol and the Costa Blanca pick up then hiring will commence at a fast rate, otherwise, the industry is finished for good.