Published 5:28 PM EDT Sep 8, 2020
Marriott will lay off hundreds of workers at its Bethesda, Maryland, headquarters due to the slump in travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The hotel is laying off 673 workers from its headquarters starting Oct. 23, Marriott confirmed to USA TODAY.
Americans are increasingly opting for Airbnb and other short-term rental alternatives rather than hotels during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the week ending Aug. 29, U.S. weekly hotel occupancy was down 28% from the same period in 2019, according to data firm STR.
Marriott employs about 4,000 workers at its North Bethesda headquarters. The company plans to exit the Maryland headquarters in 2022 after it sold the space to Erickson Living, who plans to redevelop the property into a senior living community.
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In March, Marriott International said it was furloughing tens of thousands of employees as the travel industry grappled with a tidal wave of cancellations.
Marriott isn’t the only one in the travel industry facing layoffs amid the pandemic. Hotels at the Universal Orlando Resort announced that more than 800 employees will be losing their jobs. Meanwhile, United Airlines said last week that it plans to furlough 16,370 employees in October, down from an earlier target of 36,000 after thousands of workers took early retirement, buyouts, or long-term leaves of absence.
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Marriott is the largest hotel chain in the world with 1.38 million rooms worldwide. The company’s brands include its namesake hotel chain, Westin, Sheraton, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, The Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance Hotels.
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