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Quang Nam’s tourism sector faces severe labor shortage

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The tourism recovery effort in Quang Nam Province is underway, but the local tourism sector is facing a severe shortfall of human resources, with some enterprises lacking up to 80% of personnel.

Anton Besbalov, general manager at TUI BLUE Nam Hoi An Resort in the province’s Nui Thanh District, said the resort is finding it tough to recruit an adequate number of employees post pandemic.

The resort had around 190 employees before the pandemic but some 50 of them have quit their jobs.

As shared by the TUI BLUE Nam Hoi An manager, following the reopening of domestic and international tourism, all hotels and resorts in Danang and Hoi An have launched their recruitment plans, resulting in fierce competition for people.

Besides, the resort is far from the city center. In addition, the lack of vocational schools has worsened the shortage, he added.

To cope with the current shortfall, the resort has taken measures to attract laborers. The resort will also coordinate with universities in Quang Nam and neighboring Danang City to provide training to and recruit freshmen.

Facing the same situation, Le Pavillon Hoi An Group saw its workforce decline from some 300 in the pre-pandemic period to 140 now and is struggling to hire 100 more for its hotel, according to Do Nhu Chau, CEO of Le Pavillon Hoi An.

Chau attributed the labor shortage to many employees moving to other jobs and the strong competition in hiring among businesses in the field.

According to Van Ba Son, deputy director of the Quang Nam Department of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, the local tourism sector had around 18,000 employees before the pandemic, reported Lao Dong newspaper.

Employees with incomes cut due to the pandemic had to find other jobs to make ends meet. Additionally, vocational schools have yet to fully resume operations.

Commenting on measures to deal with the issue, he said the department would team up with the Department of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs to grant business licenses to more tourism vocational schools in the area. The department will also help connect these vocational schools with enterprises facing labor shortages.

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