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John Zirkle

This summer is shaping up to be a much better season for Virginia Beach hoteliers, who are still digging out of the COVID-19 trench. The tide started to turn in May. “Memorial Day weekend was one of the best weekends the area has had in a long time,” said John Zirkle, president of the Virginia Beach Hotel Association. “It was hopping.” But it’s going to take a long time for the numbers to ...

Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA are offering higher wages and benefits to attract more than 1,000 workers this year as businesses compete for staff. The amusement parks typically add 600 to 1,000 workers each season, so the hiring push isn’t unusual, although demand for workers, particularly in the hospitality industry, is stronger this year, said Kevin Lembke, president of ...

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