Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Hotel / Restaurants
Accommodation And Food Service Activities
55.10 - Hotels and similar accommodation

800 - 850 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 April 2020
Employment effect (start)
3 May 2020
Foreseen end date


The management of Hungarian hotel chain Hunguest Hotels decided to lay off up to 850 employees, that is, about half of chain's workforce. The restructuring programme begins in May 2020. The layoff is directly connected to a large-scale renovation and upgrade programme that affects 14 hotels of the hotel chain, out of the total of 26. The renovation may take two years. After the renovation, the hotels will get a higher star rating and will subsequently rebuild their workforce. The hotels not involved in the renovation plan will open as soon as state authorities dismiss the current restrictions.

Originally, the renovations were planned to start at the end of 2020, and the hotels were planned to remain partially open during the renovation process. But tourist turnover collapsed in March due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and the operation of the hotels was suspended. Therefore, the management decided that the renovations would begin earlier than originally planned and that they would be implemented amid a complete shutdown. This means that the magnitude and the timing of the dismissals are heavily influenced by the coronavirus pandemic.

The layoff process will be implemented with the involvement of the works council and the trade union, in accordance with the legislation in force. Also, the affected employees will be offered job-search advice, life coaching, and retraining support.



Eurofound (2020), Hunguest Hotels, Internal restructuring in Hungary, factsheet number 100572, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/100572.