TAMPA, Fla. – A brand new SEC submitting by SeaWorld Leisure has some theme park staff on edge. The doc, launched by the corporate Friday, revealed the pandemic has hit the theme park enterprise exhausting, and SeaWorld Leisure will now be pressured to put off lots of their furloughed staff.
Whereas that is unhealthy information for Central Florida, the Bay Space will really feel the consequences too. SeaWorld Leisure is the dad or mum firm to Tampa’s Busch Gardens and Journey Island.
After the theme parks closed their doorways in March, 90 % of SeaWorld Leisure staff have been furloughed, together with many staff at Busch Gardens.
When the theme parks reopened in June, lots of these furloughed staff have been introduced again. Nevertheless, the previous few months have include monetary loss and low park attendance because of fewer folks touring, that means cuts are actually inevitable.
The submitting explains that whereas the corporate supposed to get all staff again to work, ‘unexpected financial impacts from the pandemic’ have dominated that inconceivable.
SeaWorld Leisure plans to spend at the very least $2.5 million on severance packages as they’re pressured to say goodbye to devoted staff.
In an announcement to FOX 13, a spokesperson for the corporate wrote:
“The worldwide COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a major influence on every of our lives, in methods each small and profound. The identical is true for the journey, tourism, leisure, and hospitality industries, and the operations of SeaWorld Parks & Leisure, Inc.
Whereas we have been capable of carry hundreds of furloughed Ambassadors again to work and hoped to carry again everybody, the present atmosphere requires us to arrange the corporate for long run success. SeaWorld has decided that it should transition sure parks and company personnel from a furloughed standing to a everlasting layoff.
We deeply admire the exhausting work and dedication of our Ambassadors to our firm’s shared mission, values, and objectives. Over our 60-year historical past, our parks have impressed tens of millions of company to like, shield and take care of our planet’s animals and their habitats. We’re sorry to need to half methods with any staff members on this tough second, however their abiding dedication to our company, fellow Ambassadors and animals is acknowledged and made an enduring influence.”
SeaWorld Leisure has not launched what roles or positions may be in jeopardy. The corporate has additionally not disclosed what number of staff at Busch Gardens could also be let go.