Israel To Hire 500 Jordanians For Red Sea Hotels

Even as evening draws near, tourists enjoy one of the many beaches in the southern Israeli city of Eilat May 4, 2001, beaches which in previous years were packed full with visitors taking advantage of the almost year-round sun and warm weather.
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Israel has authorised another 500 Jordanians to work in hotels in its Red Sea resort of Eilat to make up for a domestic labour shortage, the tourism ministry said Monday.

“The need for workers in the hotel industry is growing as the summer season approaches,” Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said in a statement.

“These are day workers who leave Israel at the end of the working day.”

The statement said the Jordanian staff would be employed in cleaning, dishwashing and room service.

“Past endeavours launched by government ministries and the hotel industry to encourage Israelis to work in these positions were not successful,” it said, adding that incentives including bonuses, housing benefits and day care had been offered.

“However, these did not result in recruiting Israeli workers into the Eilat tourism industry.”

It said the new recruits would join 400 Jordanians already employed in Eilat hotels.

The Israeli city, which has about 12,000 hotel rooms, is close to the Jordanian border and the kingdom’s own Red Sea resort of Aqaba.

Jordan signed a peace treaty with Israel in 1994, becoming the second Arab state to do so after Egypt in 1979.