Owners of hotels in the Lake District fear they could face closure if tighter restrictions on migrant labour are put in place after Brexit.
This follows a survey by Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, which asked businesses if they employed EU migrants and what the impact would be if numbers were restricted.
The survey also asked if job applications from migrants had declined since the EU referendum and if any migrant staff had left to return home.
The Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, said:
A number of migrant workers are reported to have already gone home.
One business said that applications were “down significantly” and another said that job enquiries from migrants has stopped completely since the referendum.
The Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce added:
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership estimates that the county will need 80,300 additional workers by 2021 to replace workers lost through retirement and outmigration, and to fill new jobs.