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Hotels, theme parks rush to open in ASEAN as tourism rebounds

Labor shortages could put a lid on profits

Tourists are returning to popular destinations in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, but staffing is a challenge for an industry that typically pays low wages.    © Reuters

BANGKOK/SHANGHAI -- The hospitality industry in Southeast Asia is seeing a turnaround after governments began easing COVID-19 restrictions. Operators of luxury hotels and theme parks have begun opening new facilities and making investments as travel and leisure demand bounces back.

The number of tourists has begun to top pre-pandemic levels, but the recovery could lead to worker shortages. If companies have to raise wages to attract staff, earnings may suffer.

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