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  • Post Brexit, UK migrants must have £30K job offers
  • Wynn Resorts announces return of resort president
  • Spain: Repositioning, niches respond to social pressures
  • US: Unemployment in 2017 dropped 0.8%
  • UK introduces new legislation for ‘gig economy’

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Post Brexit, U.K. migrants must have £30K job offers: Several media outlets, including the Telegraph, have stated that the delayed government white paper on post-Brexit migration to the United Kingdom will include the necessity for new migrants to have employment offers with a salary of £30,000 ($37,738) or more.

Hotel-industry organizations have been quick to state that such a policy will, in the words of UKHospitality, “devastate” hospitality. Kate Nicholls, its CEO, said “we have, along with others, repeatedly made the case for a future immigration system that supports hospitality. … This is an ideologically-driven decision that is not going to benefit U.K. businesses; it will only do harm to the U.K.’s economy.”


Wynn Resorts announces return of resort president: Las Vegas-based Wynn Resorts has announced that Marilyn Spiegel is to return as president of the Wynn Las Vegas to replace the outgoing role holder, Maurice Wooden, who leaves at the end of the year, according to a news release.

Spiegel, president at the same resort between 2010 and 2013, most recently served on the board of peer Las Vegas-based hospitality company Caesars Entertainment. Spiegel officially starts her role on 2 January.


Spain: Repositioning, niches respond to social pressures: The recent success of Spanish tourism and hotels has resulted in social pressures in such places as Barcelona, Sevilla and Madrid. Those pressures have in turn led hoteliers to move away from development toward repositioning and creating new demand niches, writes Hotel News Now reporter Terence Baker.

Seeing a boon from various pressures in the larger cities are secondary cities, including Zaragoza. Industry insiders say confidence remains, with demand high, banks still lending, hotels still being sold and opportunistic investors still interested.


U.S.: Unemployment in 2017 dropped 0.8%: According to statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on 14 December, the number of unemployed people of working age in the U.S. declined by 0.8 percentage points to 8.6% in 2017 and has declined by 7.8 percentage points since reaching a peak of 16.4% in 2009.

The bureau added a total of 165.2 million in the U.S. worked at some point during 2017, and the number of people who “experienced some unemployment during 2017 declined by 1.1 million to 14.5 million.” The report also noted that “the number of persons who looked for a job but did not work at all in 2017 edged down by 208,000 over the year to 2.4 million.”


U.K. introduces new legislation for “gig economy”: New legislation coming into force today in the U.K. will state and regulate workplace reforms for workers in the so-called “gig economy,” where often working hours are not guaranteed or agreed and there is no eligibility for sickness and vacation allowance, the BBC reports.

The hotel industry is one in which such jobs do exist. Under the new rules, staff must be told details of their rights from their first day in a job, including eligibility for paid and sick leave, and workers also must be given the right to request more predictable hours, although some say the new rules do not go far enough and still do not guarantee favorable outcomes to employees.

Compiled by Terence Baker.

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