Nearly every hotel in the city, from Marriott properties to the Waldorf-Astoria to budget brands like Comfort Inn, are either temporarily laying off employees, reducing hours, eliminating jobs entirely or planning to do so soon. Some are closing entire floors.
Housekeepers are taking the biggest hit right now, but front-desk clerks, bellmen and concierges could be victims of downsizing as well.
More than 10% of the city's 42,400 hotel workers are expected to lose their jobs—some only temporarily—this year, according to Lodging Investment Advisors. In early December, occupancy rates were down 4.5 percentage points to 80%, compared with the same period last year, according to Smith Travel Research.
Occupancy drop forces layoffs at hotels