Job security uncertain, tourism to normalize in 2021

Male’, Maldives – The report revealed by the Rapid Response assessment team shows that beyond July, the job security for majority of the resort employees is uncertain due to the complete closure of the Tourism industries in Maldives regarding the Covid-19 pandemic.

Numerous resort employees have lost their job as the tourism industry of Maldives has come to a stop due to the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. 

While approximately 11,000 employees – stated by the Tourism Employees Association of Maldives (TEAM)- were sent on no-pay leave, salaries have been reduced for the rest of the employees. 

The job security for these employees will be unsure after July, the experts of the Maldives Tourism Industries stated.

They have also stated that there would be a long-term recovery for the tourism industry to return to normal even if the resorts are permitted to open this year after the Covid-19 has passed.

Furthermore, as the recovery rate is predicted to be slow, the experts have foreseen the occupancy level of resorts in Maldives to likely normalize in the first quarter of 2021.

Thus, the reports reveal that the resort employees will presumably be unemployed by the end of July as the resorts have no source of income to pay for their employees.

Although the resorts are intended to open in July, the reports disclose that only basic facilities and minimum employees will be available for service.

The halt in the tourism industries have had a great impact in the lives of resort employees and their families. Majority of the resort employees interviewed on April has told that they would not be able to manage the household expenses for the following month.

However, the informants did not foresee any negative impacts on the society regarding this matter.