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In tight labor market, hotels cast wide recruiting net overseas

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Facing pervasive labor shortages, many hospitality employers in Florida are paying big bucks to recruit employees from as far away as Brazil and Romania. Recent examples:

The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota seized an opportunity to bring in 30 Brazilian students to work through the busy winter season.

Hyatt Hotels has turned to a vendor that provides Europeans for six-month stints.

The Meadows Country Club in Sarasota has been recruiting help from Romania and South Africa for three years to work in food and beverage services.

The cost: roughly $4,000 per employee for advertising, legal fees, visas and plane tickets.

The Holiday Inn on Lido Key plans to hire 15 to 20 Jamaican workers this season.

Bottom line: “I feel like I get better people,” says Doug Domino, The Meadows’ general manager. 

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