Layoffs hit Renaissance Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - It was just a few short months ago that Montgomery's newest 4-star hotel and convention center, The Renaissance Montgomery, was hiring hundreds of people to staff it's luxurious facilities in the heart of downtown.

But due to deteriorating economic conditions the hotel is doing an about-face , laying off numerous employees.

On Monday morning employees learned that neither management nor hourly employees where safe from the chopping block. Fifty-nine positions were eliminated and it is unknown at this time whether more cuts will come.

Bill Lang, a spokesman for the hotel, says the eliminated positions are spread throughout the hotel and should have "minimal guest impact".

Lang says in an email that the positions and responsibilities that were cut will be absorbed by existing staff members and that the company will help former associates try to find new employment.

Those who lost their jobs are being encouraged to apply for positions at the other 7 resorts on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

There are now 375 people employed by the Renaissance Montgomery.

The $200 million hotel and conference center opened in February to much publicity. It boasts 350 rooms, all equipped with flat-screen televisions and other amenities.

There is also an 1,800 seat theater for the performing arts.