Workers in the employ of the Carlisle Bay Resort will remain off the job until mid-May, owing to the United Kingdom’s continuing shut-down of international travel until May 17.

In a letter to staff, the resort’s General Manager, Brian Murphy, indicates that the resort is facing financial challenges due to the year-long COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite implementing specials and increasing commissions to entice new business, the resort has seen a reduction of $1.2 million per room revenue for the first four months of 2021, Murphy reports.

He notes that an additional $600,000 that was forecast for food and beverage revenue has brought the combined loss to just under $2 million to date.

“Considering this new information, Carlisle Bay has taken the decision to extend the current layoff period until May 10, 2021,” the General Manager writes.

Conscious of the impact the past 12 months have had on everyone financially, Murphy assures staff that the decision was not taken lightly.

He also promises that the company will continue to provide food-care packages to laid-off employees, and these will be distributed every Friday in an attempt to lessen the impact of the lay-offs.

In the meantime, Murphy says the resort has ramped up its advertising campaign in several of the country’s source markets, and, based on “recent news reports,  it seems that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

However, he admits there is still a long way to go before the travel industry returns to normaland Carlisle Bay is able to welcome back guests.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson advised, in February, that international travel will not resume before May 17, 2021.  However, this date will be reviewed on April 12.

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