Hyatt To Lay Off 1,300 Employees As COVID-19 Crisis Cripples Travel

By Dave Simpson
Hyatt To Lay Off 1,300 Employees As COVID-19 Crisis Cripples Travel

Hyatt Hotels Corp has said that it will lay off 1,300 people globally as it tries to cope with the coronavirus crisis, which has virtually halted global travel by keeping people indoors.

Hyatt said that it has also cut pay for senior management, board members and all employees in corporate offices as part of a restructuring, adding that the staff who are being laid off will be eligible for severance pay.

"Due to the historic drop in travel demand and the expected slow pace of recovery, Hyatt has made the extremely difficult decision to implement layoffs and restructure roles across its global corporate functions, beginning June 1, 2020," Hyatt said in a statement.

The company declined to break down the job cuts by region.

Wider-Than-Expected Quarterly Loss

The hotel chain reported a wider-than-expected quarterly loss last week and suspended its dividend and share buyback programme. It had 55,000 employees as of December 31, 2019, according to Refinitiv Eikon data.


Hyatt said in March that it was withdrawing its 2020 earnings outlook as travel demand has been hurt across the globe due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The hotel industry is estimating a loss of $1.4 billion in revenue every week due to the outbreak and a 30% drop in hotel occupancy over a year, according to statements from the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the US Travel Association in March.

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