Israel to hire 500 Jordanians for Red Sea hotels

A picture shows the Israeli Red Sea resort of Eilat on Febuary 24, 2011Israel 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. “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.

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