COVID-19 impacts Tourism Calgary, 60 per cent of staff to be temporarily laid off – Calgary

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COVID-19 impacts Tourism Calgary, 60 per cent of staff to be temporarily laid off - Calgary

Tourism Calgary announced Thursday temporary layoffs of more than half of its staff due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The organization said 60 per cent of its workers will be laid off for the time being, and the remaining staff will face reduced compensation, including a decrease in hourly wages.

“Today’s decisions were very difficult,” Cindy Ady, Tourism Calgary’s CEO said.

“Our entire industry is being severely impacted by the effects of this pandemic.”


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The organization said its dealing with a shortfall in funding.

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In a statement on Thursday, Tourism Calgary noted its primary funder, the Calgary Hotel Association, has seen a severe drop in revenue as travel ceases across the globe.

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The organization said many tourism-related businesses in the city have been impacted by COVID-19, through temporary closures, layoffs and reduced sales.

“Approximately 66 per cent of workers in Calgary’s tourism industry have been temporarily laid off,” the statement said.


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“That number is expected to climb as restrictions to support flattening the curve of the virus prolong.”


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The organization’s temporary layoffs will take effect in April.

However, Ady said she’s optimistic the tourism industry can recover from the economic downturn.

“We are retaining a core team to support our industry partners,” she said.

“And to plan for recovery, so we can rebuild Calgary’s $2 billion annual visitor economy in a responsible and prudent way when the time is appropriate.”


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