Tourism industry desperate for workers: 'We need help'

Tourism industry desperate for workers: ‘We need help’

RICHMOND, Va. — As COVID-19 restrictions are set to expire soon, experts say tourism is expected to boom this summer.

While industry professionals welcome the changes, many are struggling to keep up with an increased demand due to a lack of workers.

“I’m here to tell you, employee wise, we need help,” said Todd “Parney” Parnell, COO of the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

That same plea echoes across every industry impacted by Covid-19, especially sports and entertainment.

“We didn’t have a 2020 season, so part-time employees, if they were seeking employment elsewhere during the summer, they went and got it,” said Parney.


Richmond Flying Squirrels

He said the organization is currently struggling to fill part-time positions, particularly in the food and beverage department.

This comes as the Diamond welcomes back fans since coronavirus canceled baseball.

“For our first homestand, it was quite evident that people had not been to the Diamond…

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