Melia to make staff cuts at the end of June and delays its reopening into October – Four more months!

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NASSAU| Bahamas Press is reporting more sad news on the hotel front as another major hotel property on Cable Beach will delay its reopening date in the country.

In an open letter, Daniel Lozano, Melia’s general manager, echoed concerns outlined by Baha Mar president Graeme Davis over economic impact COVID-19 has had on the United States.

Lozano wrote: “Throughout this temporary closure we have been hard at work planning for a safe and responsible opening. In a fast-evolving situation like the one we’re in now, our challenge is to create protocols that will allow us to create the safest possible environment for our associates and guests.

“In order to ensure a successful reopening we must also consider the economic impacts COVID-19 has brought to the United States and beyond, the willingness of our guests to travel at this time as well as many other variables that have seriously and adversely impacted the hospitality industry.”

“Due to the current conditions we have made the difficult decision to postpone our opening date beyond the July 1 reopening of the Bahamas,” Lozano said.

“It is our hope that in extending our closing we are setting the stage for a more successful opening, one that will provide the much needed economic relief and stability that all of us depend on. I understand that this is disappointing news after weeks of uncertainty and each of us in leadership at Melia Nassau Beach feel that disappointment as well. It remains our goal to reopen in October and have as many of you as possible return to work.

“The hotel will be making additional staffing reductions to align staffing levels with projected business volume upon reopening and the future renovation work that will be taking place. In the coming weeks, at the end of June we will communicate  to the individuals being impacted by the staffing reduction to discuss what we will do to support and assist you in making the transition as smooth as possible. We look forward not bringing as many of you back as soon as business levels return to pre-COVID levels and renovation work is completed.”