This article analyses the Venetian hotel industry from the experience of its workers. Multiple transformations concerning the production process, the tourist flow and the workforce composition have affected the industry. The assembled workforce in Venetian hotels is internally differentiated on the basis of gender, nationality and race and is subjected to different dividing lines. Using empirical qualitative research carried out with in-depth interviews, the author stresses how intersectional differences affect on workers’ experiences both in terms of racial and sexual division of labour and also in everyday social relations. In addition, the author argues that the interaction between differentiation of workforce, fragmentation of production and in-work poverty stigma enables hotels to bypass their own spatial constraints. Thereby locally recreating the social, economic and political conditions that other companies, often, produce with relocation processes.
Keywords: Venice hotels, fragmentation, in-work poverty stigma, migrants