Türkiye’s tourism industry struggling to fill empty positions

 Tuesday, August 9, 2022 


Türkiye’s tourism industry, which recently witnessed a robust recovery, is fighting hard to fill the positions that remained empty after few workers left due to the break out of the COVID-19 pandemic to find employment in other divisions.

Shortage of workers is affecting tourism really bad. Especially, Antalya on the Mediterranean coast is suffering badly at a time when the country is aiming for more tourism income and tourists.

Türkiye’s tourism income objective has been reviewed upwards from the earlier $35 billion to $37 billion this year, said the Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy. He added that Türkiye this year aims to greet 47 million foreign tourists, and the country has also revised its target from anearlier 42 million tourists.

In Antalya, hoteliers are aiming to witness the levels seen in 2019, when 15.6 million foreign tourists entered the province. After two years of lockdowns in the wake of the pandemic, the popular holiday spot saw 9 million holidaymakers.

Tourism industry experts in Antalya are resting their hopes on more tourists in July and August, anticipating 12 million foreign tourists by this year end. However, the problem lies in labor shortage to deal with the growing demand.

Tourism services, which had to stop their functions during the pandemic, are now finding it tough to employ staff, predominantly kitchen, waitress, front office or housekeeping staff, since they resigned from their jobs to make a living in other areas.

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