Bangkok hotels, restaurants cut staff by up to 20%

BKK restaurantThe ongoing political turmoil in Bangkok and the drop in tourism numbers has forced hotel operators and restaurants to cut staff by up to 20 per cent, industry associations said according to the Bangkok Post.

One of the larger hotels chains, Centara Group, said it had already stopped hiring part-time staff for its Bangkok hotels. Normally, the hiring of temporary staff would increase by 10 per cent during the high-season from November to February each year, but low reservations and fewer events resulted in a cut of 20 per cent of its 9,300 part-time workers.

Some permanent employees have been relocated to hotels in other tourist destinations such as Hua Hin, Pattaya and Phuket, where the occupancy rate is still high at 80 to 90 per cent.

Sanga Ruangwattanakul, president of Khao San Road Business Association, said since the political uprising and the issuing of the emergency decree operators in the area had tried to reduce costs, stopped hiring part-time staff and transfer staff to other branches. Some workers have been told to take vacations. If the situation prolongs until the end of February, staff may be asked to take a long holiday without pay, he said.

Thaniwan Kulmongkol, president of the Thai Restaurants Association, said the issuing of the emergency decree caused a drop of 300 million baht ($9 million) in revenue for overall restaurant and food shop businesses. Generally, operators depend on cash flow, while their normal liquidity will enable them to survive for three months, she said.

She added that the first employees to be suspended will be waiters and waitresses if if the situation continues. The association has around 30,000 members, and one-third of them are in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. The impact on their business depends on the location, so each operator has to adjust its staff numbers accordingly.

See a drone video of the near-empty Soi Cowboy entertainment area on January 17:



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The ongoing political turmoil in Bangkok and the drop in tourism numbers has forced hotel operators and restaurants to cut staff by up to 20 per cent, industry associations said according to the Bangkok Post. One of the larger hotels chains, Centara Group, said it had already stopped hiring part-time staff for its Bangkok hotels. Normally, the hiring of temporary staff would increase by 10 per cent during the high-season from November to February each year, but low reservations and fewer events resulted in a cut of 20 per cent of its 9,300 part-time workers. Some permanent employees have been...

BKK restaurantThe ongoing political turmoil in Bangkok and the drop in tourism numbers has forced hotel operators and restaurants to cut staff by up to 20 per cent, industry associations said according to the Bangkok Post.

One of the larger hotels chains, Centara Group, said it had already stopped hiring part-time staff for its Bangkok hotels. Normally, the hiring of temporary staff would increase by 10 per cent during the high-season from November to February each year, but low reservations and fewer events resulted in a cut of 20 per cent of its 9,300 part-time workers.

Some permanent employees have been relocated to hotels in other tourist destinations such as Hua Hin, Pattaya and Phuket, where the occupancy rate is still high at 80 to 90 per cent.

Sanga Ruangwattanakul, president of Khao San Road Business Association, said since the political uprising and the issuing of the emergency decree operators in the area had tried to reduce costs, stopped hiring part-time staff and transfer staff to other branches. Some workers have been told to take vacations. If the situation prolongs until the end of February, staff may be asked to take a long holiday without pay, he said.

Thaniwan Kulmongkol, president of the Thai Restaurants Association, said the issuing of the emergency decree caused a drop of 300 million baht ($9 million) in revenue for overall restaurant and food shop businesses. Generally, operators depend on cash flow, while their normal liquidity will enable them to survive for three months, she said.

She added that the first employees to be suspended will be waiters and waitresses if if the situation continues. The association has around 30,000 members, and one-third of them are in Bangkok and surrounding provinces. The impact on their business depends on the location, so each operator has to adjust its staff numbers accordingly.

See a drone video of the near-empty Soi Cowboy entertainment area on January 17:



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