EL PASO, Texas – Weeks before the United States’ border with Mexico reopens, many El Paso businesses are eager to welcome foreign travelers, but some are still struggling with labor shortages. of work.
When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, many industries were badly affected, including tourism, hospitality, retail and restaurants.
The president of the EL Paso Hotel and Lodging Association told ABC-7 that the hospitality industry continues to face significant shortages, but is optimistic that border restrictions will be lifted.
Marco Ortega explained that âa lot of the activity in a lot of our hotels comes from manufacturing in Juarez, so if there is no round trip it negatively affects the activity. . “
Ortega said many of his colleagues were happy to hear the border would reopen.
Ortega added that it will be difficult to measure the impact of reopening the borders, but they are eager to seize the opportunity.
âIt’s extra occupancy and extra revenue that is going to come into our hotels, so I mean especially with our busy shopping season approaching – it’s going to be good for the hotel economy here in El Paso, âhe said. .
The general manager of the Great American Steakburger restaurant on Mesa Hills said they still have to prepare for the big reopening day.
Victor Aguilar said that due to the pandemic they still face staff shortages and are sometimes forced to close during the week.
âWe need to prepare more, we need more staff. We need to be able to maintain our guest volume, âhe said.