The hotel and tourism sector affected by the situation in Colombia
Hoteliers express their involvement and concern about the cancellations and losses that they begin to register after almost one week of being affected by unemployment and the manifestations that are registered in Bogotá mainly
The realization and organization of corporate and social events usually find this season their highest peak of the year. Business farewells, cocktails, corporate events, launches and others are carried out at the hotel facilities who have found in that niche an income to their operation. To date, hoteliers express their involvement and concern about the cancellations and losses that they begin to register after almost one week of being affected by unemployment and the manifestations that are registered in Bogotá mainly
This is shown by managers of different hotels in the Colombian capital, mainly those who have seen how national and international travelers' accommodation reservations as well as the organization of social and corporate events have been canceled, partly because of the security and mobility problems that It has been affecting a large part of the city.
The 93 hotels have been very affected. This is what France Ballesteros says. Richmond Suites Hotel Manager who comments: “It has been very complicated for us and we have been very affected. Just the next day after the strike, companies and event organizers began to cancel due to the inability of trainers and / or hotel attendants to arrive; the same in the average of lodging and reservations, to the date we registered cancellations by an order superior to 50 million pesos ”. It is worth bearing in mind that Richmond Suites is a boutique hotel with just 24 rooms.
The same line is expressed by Elizabeth Becerra Pilonieta, Manager of Salvio93, who recently started operations. “By the end of November, we have already registered cancellations in accommodations exceeding 46 million pesos and by December we already add 24 million pesos. At the same time we have registered cancellations in events from the organizers and from our internal operation, mainly due to the dry law, which does not allow the development of cocktails or social events, while several multinational companies have generated alerts to their employees to avoid traveling to the country ”in the same way, Elizabeth comments that“ for Salvio93, our commitment has been to continue with our employees and equipment, trying to replace times with each other and taking into account the difficulties for their arrival. Many families depend on their work in Salvio93, so our message is to keep the operation as little affected as possible. ”
A not very different case registers Ghl Style Bogotá Occidente, located in the Siberia - Cota sector, when leaving the city on the North Highway, where they have registered an increase in reservations for two situations: Several companies in the sector seeking security for its employees have reserved nights for their accommodation, especially last Friday when mobility in the city was affected; At the same time that many other companies in the city have sought to place their corporate travelers in hotels outside of Bogotá, thinking that they thus affect their employees as little as possible while ensuring their safety. This is confirmed by Sandra Castillo, Marketing Manager of Ghl Style Bogotá Occidente who at the same time confirms the trend of the other hotels consulted “we have had, cancellations in the realization and organization of events, precisely because many of the attendees come from Bogotá and anticipating inconveniences with the exit and the entrance of the city, their organizers have preferred to cancel them ”.
Diana Infante, Commercial Manager of Hotel Almirante Cartagena expresses her concern at the image that international tourists can take, at the time at the security alerts that can begin to be issued abroad for the arrival of travelers to the city and the country usually. “At the moment we have only received a cancellation alert from a group of travelers who were about to arrive in the city. Of course, we are worried about how we can behave, which is historically the best season for national and international travelers, so we hope that the situation will improve for the country in general. ”