Timeshare giant Westgate Resorts is hiring 500 employees for seasonal positions at its seven Central Florida hotels and properties. But the privately held company would not reveal how much of its original workforce was let go because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In an email, chief operations officer Mark Waltrip said the company no longer has any team members still on furloughs because of the pandemic, “however, those that were laid off are definitely the first [that] we hope rejoin the team” in this latest round of hiring.
Waltrip would not say how many employees had been laid off, and the company did not reveal pay ranges for the open jobs. Positions range from housekeeping and resort operations to support in corporate offices.
Westgate Resorts has not filed notices of major layoffs with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity this year, though CEO David Siegel told the Orlando Business Journal in March that the company would furlough “a good portion” of its thousands of employees.
The pandemic has battered Orlando’s hospitality and tourism industry, leading to thousands of layoffs from area hotels in the past nine months. Occupancy rates have dropped by more than 60% compared to last year, according to data analysts STR.
With 28 properties in the United States, Westgate Resorts is one of the largest timeshare companies in the world.
People interested in applying for the seasonal positions should visit westgateresorts.com/careers/seasonal.
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