Mandarin Oriental and PGA National Resort also recently laid-off workers
The Fontainebleau Miami Beach laid off more than 1,300 employees, marking the largest hotel layoff in the Miami area since the pandemic began. Michael Dell’s Boca Raton Resort & Club also laid off nearly 1,000 employees, state filings show.
Jeffrey Soffer’s 846-room resort, at 4441 Collins Avenue, had temporarily laid off 2,083 employees early during the pandemic, expecting to bring them back prior to September, according to a letter the hotel’s vice president of human resources wrote to the state. The resort brought back 774 employees after it reopened in June.
But the hotel recently provided 1,309 laid-off workers with a separation notice, citing the effects of ongoing restrictions on travel and large gatherings, as well as low occupancy.
“Restrictions on travel and tourism have continued much longer than anticipated. There have been continued, longer-than-anticipated prohibitions on large gatherings and the hotel occupancy has remained low,” Silvia Pereda, vice president of human resources, wrote in the WARN notice.
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