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It’s been a rough few weeks for hotels in Florida.
According to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the number of hotel workers hired last year fell from a high of 2,200 to 1,000.
But hotel owners are trying to hold on to workers who are already in their ranks.
“It’s an industry that’s going through a lot of growth,” said Mike Zavala, executive director of the Florida Association of Resorts and Tourism.
“The number of hotels that are hiring has increased in recent years, but that growth has not matched the number that are coming in.”
There are also a number of factors that are driving the downturn.
For one, there’s a decline in the number and quality of the tourism industry, which has fallen to its lowest level in decades.
The Florida Department Of Tourism estimates that the tourism trade lost about $3.5 billion last year.
That is about one-third of the total revenue the industry generated last year, according to the tourism agency.
In other words, hotels are losing money in spite of spending the most in the past year.
Other factors that have driven the decline include the collapse of a booming tourism industry in China, the collapse in tourism investment in California, and a weak economy in Florida that has been a drag on tourism.
Zavala said the state’s tourism industry has experienced a “slow but steady decline.”
“We’re seeing a very, very, slow recovery of that industry,” he said.
“We are a very different economy from the one we had in the late 2000s, when we had the great recession and we were able to rebuild that economy and it’s very much working.”
While the hotel industry has seen an economic rebound, Zavara said it’s not as strong as the industry might like.
He said the industry has had to invest in better management, training, and equipment to compete with the growth in other industries, like retail.
“It would have been nice to see the hotel owners have the ability to invest and be able to keep their employees on their payroll,” Zavalla said.
Many hotels have cut back on staff, though, leaving some workers in the workforce to make do.
One of the ways that the industry is coping with the downturn is by hiring a smaller number of workers, Zevala said.
Some hotels have reduced their staff from a maximum of 60 to 30.
Zavalia said the decrease in staffing could help keep costs down.
The hotel industry also is relying on its pool of talent, but the pool has also shrunk as more hotels have eliminated or moved staff away from pools.
That has contributed to a dip in occupancy numbers, Zavella said.
The industry is also in a transition.
In the past few years, many hotels have closed their poolrooms, but they’re slowly coming back online.
Zavela said hotels have been able to make up for the losses they’ve lost by expanding their pool facilities.
“If we had an expansion, you wouldn’t be able see that,” he explained.
It’s unclear if the industry will be able continue to recover.
Zava said he expects the industry to see a “sharp drop in revenue” this year, and that could lead to a decline this year.
“We may not see a lot more growth this year,” he warned.
“But we will be seeing more of a drop in the revenues.”
In fact, Zava’s forecast is a little more optimistic than many of his peers.
He’s predicting that hotels will take a hit this year because of the drop in vacationers.