WTTC: 1.2 million unfilled travel jobs hindering EU recovery

Friday, 21 Jul, 2022 0

The World Travel & Tourism Council and the European Travel Commission are warning the sector’s recovery could be at risk if nearly 1.2 million jobs remain unfilled across the EU.

The challenging summer labour shortfall has been revealed by WTTC in its latest analysis of the sector.

It calls for urgent action to address the issue.

In 2020, when the pandemic was at its peak,the sector lost almost 1.7 million jobs.

In 2021, it recovered around 571,000 jobs.

This year, WTTC projects that the sector’s recovery will continue to accelerate and almost reach pre-pandemic levels.

Julia Simpson, WTTC President & CEO said: “Europe showed one of the strongest recoveries in 2021, ahead of the global average. However, current shortages of labour could delay this trend.”

It expects a high number of vacancies are likely to remain unfilled during the busy summer period.

Air transport and accommodation segments are likely to suffer one in five unfilled vacancies.

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