Melaka job hunters still seeking hospitality jobs despite industry hard hit by Covid-19 pandemic

MELAKA: Job hunters are not giving up on careers in the hospitality industry despite Melaka hotels facing poor business due the current Covid-19 pandemic.

Malaysia Budget Hotel Association Melaka chapter president Sazali Sabri said hotels are getting job applications on a daily basis.

"My hotel receives five to six applications, especially for clerical jobs, every day. This trend emerged during this movement control order (MCO) period.

"I guess it's the same for other hotels too although I have not collected the actual figures," he said on Wednesday (Oct 28).

He said most of those seeking employment lost jobs during the MCO while some were fresh graduates.

"I really want to help them but hotels here have no vacancies due to our current situation," he said.

Sazali said hotels here were already saddled with low occupancy rates since the conditional MCO was implemented in the Klang Valley.

He noted that Melaka budget hotels enjoyed brisk sales when the travel restriction was lifted in June but the situation had deteriorated over the past few weeks.

"The bulk of budget hotel guests were from the Klang Valley," he said.

Sazali said it was not easy for budget hotels to wind up as it is hard to restart operations should the situation improve.

"Like it or not, some of us have to continue sustaining operations despite a very low volume of check-ins," he said.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Association of Hotels chief executive officer Yap Lip Seng said hotels throughout the country experienced the lowest occupancies at 22% in the third week of this month.

He said massive cancellations are also being recorded at all destinations across the country.

"Many hotels will be forced to cease operations if the situation worsens," he added.

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