149 employees in the tourism industry to be laid off

Published: May. 21, 2020 at 6:37 AM AKDT
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149 employees in the tourism industry will find themselves out of work due to COVID-19.

In a

, signed by Holland America Group and Carnival UK Group Chief Executive Officer Stein Kruse, effective June 1, 2020 employees in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Denali National Park, and Healy will be laid off.

Employees at the following businesses are being affected:

  • Anchorage Westmark Hotel
  • Escorted Tour Operations
  • Anchorage Transportation
  • Anchorage Rail Division
  • Fairbanks Westmark Hotel
  • Fairbanks Transportation
  • Westmark McKinley Chalet Resort
  • Denali Princess Wilderness Lodge
  • Denali Transportation Division
  • Healy Homestead

A portion of the notices reads: “Expanding travel restrictions, extended closures of ports and destinations to cruise ships, limited air travel and widespread shelter-at-home precautions in many countries continue to impact our industry.”

Holland America Line sent Channel 2 a statement. Here is a portion:

"Holland America Line has notified our shoreside employees about staff reductions as a result of the COVID-19 impact on the global cruise industry. Unfortunately, we must make the difficult decision to implement these reductions through a combination of layoffs, furloughs, reduced work schedules and pay reductions that will affect all shoreside employees, the majority of whom work in Seattle and Santa Clarita. All parts of the company will make cost reductions, but we will not compromise our commitment to health, safety, compliance and environmental protection."

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