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Hilton lays off 22% of corporate staff

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Picture above, the Hilton Hotel on Leamy Lake in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Image created by Matti Blume in 2014. CC By SA 4.0.

Hilton has moved to lay off 22 percent of its corporate staff. This was reported by Forbes within the last 14 hours. The hotel giant Hilton Worldwide Holdings has motioned to cut back on corporate staff by 22 percent globally. The company announced this on Tuesday. This came as the travel and hospitality industry continues to plummet following the coronavirus restrictions imposed worldwide. 

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Forbes further states that 22 percent of Hilton corporate personnel constitutes 2,100 white collar workers. The laid off employees will receive severance pay. The exact duration of severance pay with the company was not stated. In addition to this, the Hilton corporate personnel will receive access to an expedited recruitment process once normal travel resumes.

In addition to offering severance pay to laid-off employees, the Hilton company will extend the furloughs and reduced hours of its corporate workers. This extension will continue for another 90 days. The furlough was first announced in late March. 

Executives will also continue to receive reduced pay of up to a 50 percent reduction. This will continue for the next 90 days, as stated by Forbes. 

The Hilton company has been a highly active brand in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Via their official Twitter, Hilton has frequently showcased its COVID-19 era amendments. In May, Hilton moved to partner with American Express to donate up to 1 million hotel rooms to the medical professionals on the frontlines of COVID-19 response. This extension of hospitality also included free meals, citing the Hilton official Twitter. 

Likewise, in an attempt to stay abreast of the COVID-19 elevated awareness of public hygiene, Hilton has moved to provide more assurance for its rooms. This comes in the form of the CleanStay Seal. 

“Introducing the Hilton CleanStay seal. When guests first enter their room, the seal lets them know that their room was professionally deep cleaned since the last guest — and that no one has entered their room since that cleaning. #HiltonCleanStay,” stated Hilton in a tweet that was posted at 9:49 am on June 15. 

Business Traveller reported on the process of the new Hilton cleanliness program. The program will span Hilton properties across the world. The CleanStay program has been created in collaboration with Lysol and Dettol maker RB and Mayo Clinic. The CleanStay program will launch across Hilton’s 18 brands by mid-July. 

“Though our hospitality may look different in the short term, around the world we are eager to welcome our guests once more and create the unforgettable experiences they have come to expect from Hilton,” said Chris Nassetta, the president and CEO of Hilton, as he was quoted by Business Traveller. 

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Reuters reports that, in the wake of coronavirus’ hard hit to the entire hospitality industry, Hilton competitor brands such as Marriott and Hyatt have also furloughed and cut staff. Reuters reports that before the decisions to cut 22 per cent of staff, the Hilton corporate staff numbered 9,600 workers globally. 

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