Premier Mihai Tudose said on Tuesday evening in the seaside resort of Mamaia, where he participated in a meeting with representatives of the tourism employers’ organizations and in the official opening of a 5-star hotel in the north of the resort, that a solution has to be found to nail the loyalty of the personnel who work in the sector over the summer season, as representatives of the seaside tourist service companies complained over the shortage of workforce.
”The major issue has to do with personnel instability. We must find a way to render loyal all that means seasonal personnel, because the operators are in the situation where they hire someone for three months, then the personnel leave and there’s no one around in the next eight or nine months, and then the hunt for waiters, chambermaids, chefs, mechanics starts all over again. (…) I’ll have to discuss with the Finance Ministry to find a way to share a the tax burden for tourism operators, particularly for seasonal tourism, like seaside holidaying is, so that the employee still be there ten months later, and the employer’s tax burden be shared somehow,” the Prime Minister said after attending a meeting with tourism companies and local authorities on the occasion of the event in Mamaia.
Regarding the fact that some of the hoteliers are not the managers of the beaches in front of their tourist facilities, Tudose said that this problem must be solved.
“The problem of the beaches must also be sorted out, I don’t think it’s OK for the hotel to have a certain status, but as soon as one steps out to the waterline one enters the turf of other owners, other so-called tourism operators. This is no tourism operator the one who has a beach chair in the sand,” the Prime Minister said.
Chairman of the Romanian Tourism Employers Federation (FPTR) Mohammad Murad told the press that hoteliers are unable to provide quality services without the necessary workforce, and domestic tourism needs promotion and a legislative framework for the management of tourist resorts.
“There are three important issues that need to be addressed. (…) The situation is very complicated, we cannot provide quality services as long as we don’t find workforce. Allow us to keep the employees in winter, but without charging us taxes. (…) We are now in the situation where a five-star hotel keeps one or two floors closed because we don’t have chambermaids. In the second place – promotion, we need to find solutions. (…) We need a clear promotion strategy to bring foreigners to Romania. (…) In the third place, a legal framework is needed for the organization of tourist resorts. There is a need for an administrative framework where the business community and local authorities conceive a clear-cut resort management strategy,” said the FPTR representative as he elaborated on the issues tourism operators presented Prime Minister Tudose and Minister of Tourism Mircea-Titus Dobre.