The hotel industry is being hampered in its recovery by a shortage of labor.

The global pandemic is being blamed for the issue because many employees left the sector as hospitality businesses were forced to shut for months on end in 2020 and, again, in the first few months of 2021.

Other workers may have health concerns about returning to work safely and a portion, especially in the U.S., are still receiving unemployment support from government.

A recent survey from the Hospitality Asset Managers Association reveals availability of staff as the top concern followed by customer demand and labor costs.

The concern was echoed during recent earnings calls with one senior hotel executive describing it as one of the most important issues currently.




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