SC tourism booming while labor shortage persists
As more people travel, one of the biggest challenges for hotels is hiring enough housekeepers.
"It's been called the 'travel revenge'," said Marcus Munse, owner of Hotel Trundle in Columbia, who said that May was the first really back to business as normal month.
"We've got a lot of driving vacations right now," said Martin. "I think that probably is a function of the travel bans being lifted and people just saying, 'Let's go right now!'"
"Every summer it's a fire drill to try to recruit enough people," said Martin. "Some people who are in the hospitality or tourism industry have gone elsewhere or they're working in retail. They can make four, five, six dollars an hour more and get benefits."
Hotel Trundle, for example, has 41 rooms. Munse says if he had enough workers to clean the rooms, he could sell them all.
"I would say 80% of the interviews that I set up are just no-shows," said Munse. "They don't even come in for the interview."
"We had a lot of days where we would just have to …
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