In order to cope with the expected downturn in leisure travel this winter, Radisson Aruba announced its cutting 20 to 30 jobs, which in turn is expected to save the company US$ 1 million. According to reports Radisson isn’t planning forced lay-offs, but rather seeks volunteers by offering incentives.
Cutting jobs in the tourism sector are highly unusual in Aruba, as this island’s economy proofed to be robust in the past to withstand turmoil. The usual procedure followed by resorts is offering unpaid leave and extra vacation days.
The more ironic part of all is that market-leader Aruba Marriott has tons of job openings. Don’t believe me, check out their career site. Is Radisson throwing the towel? Does Marriott have more financial muscle? Whatever the reason, Radisson Aruba won numerous awards in the past thanks to the staff. Hopefully they aren’t cutting themselves in the fingers by the cuts. Then again, I’m sure smart people thought it through.