Tourism sector back in hiring mode in hopes of post-COVID recovery

Taipei, May 31 (CNA) Taiwan’s tourism sector plans to recruit new workers in the near future in anticipation of the country’s border restrictions easing or lifting in the second half of the year to help to lift the sector out of its prolonged slump.

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Taiwan has had one of the strictest border restrictions of any economy in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a ban on foreign tourists that remains in place and a strict 14-day quarantine for all arrivals. abroad from March 2020 to March 2022.

This has led to a massive drop in overseas arrivals, from 11.86 million in 2019 to just 140,479 in 2021, hurting travel agencies that offer international travel.

With the quarantine period for overseas arrivals reduced to 10 days in March and seven days earlier in May, there has been hope for openings later this year, including at companies like Lion Travel Service , one of the largest travel agencies in Taiwan.

It announced on Tuesday that it plans to bring its workforce back to pre-pandemic levels and will hire 500 people for its marketing, management, digital technology and product development departments.

The company said new recruits will be hired to work in Taipei, Taichung, Chiayi, Kaohsiung, Pingtung and Taitung, and they will also have the opportunity to work in its overseas offices in the Asia-Pacific region and South America. North.

Lion Travel currently employs around 1,800 people and has overseas offices in Japan, Thailand, the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China and Hong Kong, the carrier said. company word Lai Yi-ching (賴一青), and a new branch in South Korea is under construction.

Meanwhile, Cathay Hospitality Management (CHM), which operates several hotels in Taiwan such as Madison Taipei and Hotel Cozzi, also announced plans to hire more people.

The CHM recently said it could hire around 100 new staff, with openings in concierge, room service and kitchen catering.

The InterContinental Kaohsiung, part of the InterContinental Hotels (IHG) group, also announced a new recruitment campaign in May.

Lo Chia-chi (羅嘉麒), the hotel’s general manager, said his new hires will work at his soon-to-open Indigo Alishan Hotel in Chiayi County as well as InterContinental hotels in Taichung and Taipei.

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