700-plus hotel jobs in Charlotte impacted by virus pandemic

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Ritz Carlton in Charlotte (Photo: WSOC)

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The jobs of more than 700 people who work at hotels in Charlotte have been impacted because of the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus.

The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that the jobs are at several major hotels that include the Westin, Ritz-Carlton and Renaissance Hotel. Marriott International owns those brands.

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Spokeswoman Casey Kennett said in a statement that the company has seen a significant drop in consumer demand because of travel and social distancing restrictions.

She said that the firm has adjusted operations with measures that include staff reductions, implementing temporary leave and terminating some employees.