Thousands of hotel jobs could be at risk as hotel chains Marriott, Millennium and IHG look to save money for survival amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Around 1,000 jobs at Marriott hotels could be cut, with the brand currently entering a consultancy process at its 60 properties in Britain as well as its head offices. The group employs around 5,500 people in the UK and currently has 26 of its 60 hotels and operating. It has a similar number of hotels trading through franchises, where it will be down to each manager to decide about job cuts.
Marriott has already used a voluntary ‘transition programme’ to slimdown its office headcount and said it was ‘looking at a number of options to mitigate the number of redundancies’ in its hotels.
Millennium, which operates around 100 hotels around the world across seven brands, has also started a redundancy consultancy period with staff. The group is owned by Singaporean businessman Kwek Leng Beng and saw its chief executive Clarence Tan quit last week after only four months in the role.
Hilton recently announced plans to cut 2,100 jobs globally.
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is also looking to cut costs across the portfolio, which could see job losses at its brands such as Holiday Inn.
Last week, Whitbread, the owner of Premier Inn, announced that up to 250 jobs were at risk out of 1,300 at its central support centre.
Earlier this month, Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality warned that hotels in the luxury sector and conferencing and banqueting sector had been among the worst hit in the pandemic, with 20% of jobs at the larger chains at risk.