The Body Holiday resort in Saint Lucia has made some 70 of its employees redundant, citing the ‘horrific impact’ of COVID-19 on the global tourism industry.
The redundancies, estimated at 15 percent, which include the sister resort, Rendezvous, took effect this week.
Corporate Human Resources Director, Genevieve Dixon told St Lucia Times it was important to remember that the tourism industry has been hard hit by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Earlier in the week, more than 400 employees of the Coconut Bay resort in Vieux Fort were made redundant.
“It’s still so uncertain for us until planes start landing and what the occupancy loads will look like in terms of a return to Saint Lucia,” Dixon explained.
“That’s not only Saint Lucia, but that’s our entire region which has over the years become very dependent on tourism,” she observed.
“Everyone has been on layoff since March,” Dixon disclosed.
“What we are going to have to do is just continue to watch the loads and hopefully we don’t have to repeat this exercise multiple times,” she stated.
Dixon observed that some hotels have implemented straight redundancies for everyone.