Hotels May Face Closure, Says POM Chamber Of Commerce
One major Hotel in Port Moresby has laid off 200 national staff and 20 expatriates. This follows the closure of international flights into the country.
Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Rio Fiocco told the Post-Courier yesterday that the hotel (name withheld) had to let go of staff because there were less number of guests.
Mr Fiocco said this will be likely with other hotels in the country, especially with the lockdown in place and if the situation continues, some may close their doors.
He said the hotel business in the Pacific Island region is being affected greatly as it is depended on tourists. “That’s from one hotel.
This is what we will expect from other hotels too, because no tourists are allowed into PNG as many countries remain in lockdown.” Mr Fiocco said.
Meanwhile, another major Hotel, Lamana has confirmed that they have also cut down on the number of their staff.
Assistant hotel manager Jacquie Simons said they also have felt the coronavirus impact this past month with cancellations of bookings and a slow decline in visiting customers.
“We have done so by letting go of the probation staff that we can’t train right now, and for our long time staff, allowing them leave for now to be with their families.
“We have also arranged for our frontline staff still in service to have a specialised roster so everyone at least has a chance to earn something each fortnight,” she said.
Ms Simons said apart from that the hotel has stepped up its cleaning routine by using stronger chemicals and disinfectants as well as making more frequent and thorough cleaning of its facilities.
She said they are also doing temperature checks on staff and ensuring no-one with high temperatures or is sick is allowed to start work.
Temperature checks are also done at all main entrances for customers so only those with normal readings will be allowed into the hotel.