Bangkok Shutdown: Hurt by drop in tourists, hotels woo protesters
BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Many hotels in areas near anti-government rallies in Bangkok have launched promotions to attract protesters taking part in the "shutdown", to make up for a significant drop in foreign tourists coming to the city.
Centara Hotels group has reduced the room rates of its four major hotels by 40 per cent to about 3,100 baht (S$120), including breakfast, down from 5,000 baht per night.
Novotel Bangkok Siam Square is offering a special price of 2,200 baht per night for an overnight room, and 1,500 baht for daytime stays until 6pm. This promotional rate excludes breakfast and will run until the end of this month.
Ms Supawan Tanomkieatipume, chairwoman for public relations at the Thai Hotels Association, who is also executive assistant manager of sales and marketing at the Twin Towers Hotel, said many hotel operators, especially those near rally sites such as Pathumwan, had adjusted their business strategies by cutting costs.