10 000 hotel employees lose jobs in Kenya as tourism sector hits low

2016-04-07 13:02


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Mombasa - The low tourism season is taking a toll on hoteliers in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya, with operations of at least 40% of hotels in the region being affected.

So far, 10 000 people have lost their jobs after the closure of some hotels and scaling down of operations in others.

According to Daily Nation, the most affected areas are Malindi and Watamu, after chartered airlines from Italy terminated flights to Mombasa due to low passenger numbers.

Players in the industry have also blamed the global crisis in the tourism industry for the slow business. 

Both contracted and permanent workers have been laid off, with the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Educational Institutions, Hospitals and Allied Workers (KUDHEIHA) projecting the number of those affected to rise.

This is however not the first time that massive lay-offs have occurred in the industry. As is the trend, hotels send workers home during the low season, but recall them later when business starts to peak between April and mid-July.

Recently, however, the hoteliers have been failing to recall their workers as the high season sets in.

For instance in 2015, Business Daily revealed that out of the 22 000 workers who were laid off during the low season, only less that 10% secured back their jobs in high season.

Read more on:    kenya  |  tourism  |  east africa

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