As beach towns open, businesses are short foreign workers
You cant do that in a restaurant.In Myrtle Beach, businesses only got a fraction of the 3,000 J-1 and H-2B visas they were expecting, according to Stephen Greene, president & CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association. About 150 of those are usually J-1 visa holders but none came this year. In Myrtle Beach, bars, theaters and larger venues are still shuttered and visitor numbers are down. Still, the visa ban adds another layer of uncertainty for businesses like the 145-bed Meadowmere, one of the largest hotels in Maine. These students arent taking any jobs away from locals, not a single one, Demetri said of the J-1 visa holders.