9.5 million people work in the catering sector in the EU - don't leave them alone!
Berlin, Germany - 28 April 2020 - Empty hotel rooms, closed restaurants and closed bars: Measures to protect against the spread of the coronavirus have brought the hospitality industry in the European Union (EU) almost to a standstill. As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), according to the EU Labour Force Survey some 9.5 million people in the current 27 EU states (excluding the United Kingdom) were working in this sector in 2019. According to this survey, just under 1.6 million people were employed in the hotel and restaurant industry in Germany, which was four percent of all employed persons.
In the popular tourist destinations of Greece, Cyprus and Spain, the hotel and restaurant industry is of particularly high importance for the labour market: in Greece, around ten per cent of the workforce in 2019 worked in catering and accommodation establishments, in Cyprus and Spain nine per cent each. The share was also high in Ireland and Malta (8% each) and Portugal (7%). Croatia, Italy, Austria and Bulgaria each accounted for six per cent. The EU average was five per cent.
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