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Expedia to Create Travel Jobs in Vegas

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Online travel company Expedia has announced it is expanding its Nevada operations to create 130 new travel jobs in Vegas.

All new jobs will be added by the end of this month, according to the company. The company will have a total of 500 people working at their Las Vegas operations center.

The staff will be supporting the Egencia operations, which corporate travel arm of Expedia. They will service corporate travel accounts from companies around the world.

Travel agents and other types of support staff are being called in for interviews.

Michael Reichartz, the Las Vegas-based vice president of market management for Expedia announced the news. He added that the company will benefit from incentives provided by the federal Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act. Under the act, businesses benefit financially by hiring individuals.

Las Vegas is home to many arms of Expedia, including Hotels.com, Egencia, and Expedia.

Since Vegas is a hotbed for tourism, it seems natural that a travel company would set up shop there.

Wynn Cuts Hospitality Jobs in Vegas

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Wynn Resorts has announced it is cutting about 261 hospitality jobs in Vegas.

But in the same statement, the Wynn also announced that they will be restoring nearly 3,700 workers to full-time schedules and pay. The hotel previously had to cut many workers down to part-time and reduce pay due to economic strains.

The layoffs will occur at two resorts on the Strip.

All salaried employees making less than $200,000 will get their full pay back. In addition, 40-hour work weeks will be reinstated.

The 240 workers that will be eliminated are all hourly workers. Payroll will increase by about $8 million, the casino executive Steve Wynn said.

In Vegas, there has been a continued decline in activity and business in casinos, resulting in a wide swath of layoffs over the past 18 months or so.

Total, Wynn reports having about 12,200 employees at its resorts and casinos. That is down 1,000 workers from last year.

Wynn said he’s never had to make just drastic cuts in the 42 years he’s run the company.

Wynn said his employees were struggling with the reduction in hours and productivity, which it was prompted the reinstation of salaries and the 40-hour work week.