Ensemble Travel Group To Temporarily Cut 50% Of Staff
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Ensemble Travel Group has announced plans to reduce its workforce temporarily by approximately 50% in both the U.S. and Canada. The company blames “the complete disruption to the travel industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“This is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions a CEO has to make,” said David Harris, CEO of Ensemble Travel Group. “While Ensemble is a solid company, there is just no way to minimize the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had on our industry in such a short period of time.
“Our employees are an integral part of our business, but the reality of the moment is that life as we knew it is on pause with travel being one of the hardest hit economic sectors. Our hope and intention are that this is a temporary situation while the world stays home to flatten the curve and that as life returns to normal in the next few months our company will be able to quickly resume regular operations.”
“We know this is an incredibly stressful time for everyone,” added Harris “Of course, we hope that everyone heeds the advice of the professionals and stays safe and healthy. At the same time, I know we all look towards brighter days for our industry and our company and hope that these difficult but necessary measures will help position us to recover as quickly and efficiently as possible.”
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Ken Swan- March 26, 2020 @ 17:20
I am a travel agent. Most (9 out of 11) cruises of mine are canceled by the passenger. But I have a story that is so unfair, it involves Celebrity who changed and then cancelled a cruise, and refuse to negotiate because they have determined that a lawsuit is about to occur (all in their minds). But, they will not communicate with me or the passenger who is out of pocket about $14,000. Are you interested in pursuing this? I am hoping the threat of publicity will bring some common sense to this matter. All the passenger wants is a cruise credit for say, a year from now.