Thailand’s Hotel Occupancy Rates Have Fallen to Just 6%

According to the Thailand Hotels Association (THA), the Kingdom’s hotel occupancy rates are likely to be 6% in the month of June, owing to the third wave of Covid-19.

The occupancy levels are equal to those recorded in the previous month of May.

The President of the THA, Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi, said the survey released on Saturday was conducted in May with data supplied by 234 Thai hotels.

Within the results, there was also evidence that the occupancy rate for Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotels will likely drop from 13% in May, to 10% in June.

“The occupancy rate of ‘hospitels’ in May was higher than others at 30%, but its revenue is still lower compared to before the Covid-19 era,” she went on to say.

The THA survey also showed that only 38% of the nation’s hotels were operating as usual, while 41% were partially open and 20% were temporarily closed.

Furthermore, the results indicated that most opened hotels have been seeing less than 10% of the revenue earned before the pandemic.

“Only 18 per cent of hotels, mostly managed by international hotel chain brands, generated revenue more than half of the revenue generated before the pandemic,” Marisa Sukosol Nunbhakdi added. But she expects more of Thailand’s large number of hotels to resume operations in the fourth quarter of the year.

The THA president urged authorities to offer 50% co-pay subsidies to hotels to pay for their employees’ salaries.

She also called on the government to implement other measures such as allowing foreign visitors to travel to other provinces after spending a week in Phuket under the forthcoming “Sandbox” scheme, and for Covid-19 jabs to be administered to hotel employees and citizens of tourist provinces.