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Accor Re-Hires Third of 1,500 Laid off Employees

Accor Re-Hires Third of 1,500 Laid off Employees

After a strong recovery since the second wave of Covid, French hospitality major Accor Group says it has started re-hiring employees laid off during the pandemic. Accor, which has 55 properties in India, is banking on October-December 2022 to be back at the pre-Covid level. Since international travel still has some restrictions, the bounce-back is almost entirely on domestic travelers in the form of holidays, staycations, and workations.

“We have 6,000 employees in India. During Covid and either no or very low revenues, unfortunately, 25% of them had to be laid off. We created a fund for employees from the amount that was to be paid as dividends to shareholders just before the pandemic struck. The recovery following the second wave has been much stronger than anticipated and we have started re-employing the laid-off workforce in India,” Marc Descrozaille, Accor’s COO for India, the Middle East, and Africa, told TOI.

So far, about one-third of those laid back have been invited to return. Some of those who got this call declined the offer as they had started doing something else during the pandemic, he said.

“While occupancy is looking up, average room rates are lagging behind. People are now spending more on hotel stays, food and beverage or upgrading their room. A large number of guests these days are driving in for breaks. Saving on airfares allows them to spend more on hotel stays (not rates which are still low but other amenities),” Descrozaille said.
The ongoing wedding season is bringing some more respite for hotels. “Since there are restrictions on the size of gatherings (200 in Delhi for instance), people are spending more (per guest) due to that,” he said. With pandemic fatigue setting in, hotels have to remind guests to adhere to Covid protocol. While footfalls are up, revenue overall are still nowhere close to pre-pandemic levels.

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