Travel Sector’s Labor Shortage Likely to Continue Into 2022

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A new report from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in partnership with Oxford Economics reveals that while a devastating labor shortfall of nearly 700,000 occurred in the Travel & Tourism sector this past year, 2022 is looking slightly better.

The figures from the report indicate that roughly 480,000 direct-impact Travel & Tourism positions in the U.S., or one in every 13 jobs, will remain unfilled next year. So while the new year is likely to bring about an improved staffing situation, the problem is far from over. “The U.S. economic recovery could be put in serious jeopardy if we don’t have enough people to fill these jobs as travelers return. If we cannot fill these vacancies, it could seriously threaten the survival of Travel & Tourism businesses across the U.S. Companies dependent on tourism have been hanging on for the upside; this is just another blow that many may not survive.”

The WTTC has developed some solutions that it’s recommending businesses and governments put into action to combat this issue, including facilitating labor mobility, offering remote working options, supplying safety nets, upskilling and reskilling employees, retaining talent, and providing opportunities for both continuing education and apprenticeships. Read more.

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