The hotels regain full occupancy

As large vaccination campaigns in South and Southeast Asia are in full swing, sources said bookings for hotel rooms and conference rooms are increasing every month.

Business in the hospitality industry has finally picked up, as foreign delegates and corporate clients visit the country after a year and a half of the Covid-19 pandemic.

As large vaccination campaigns in South and Southeast Asia are in full swing, sources said bookings for hotel rooms and conference rooms are increasing every month.

A senior InterContinental hotel official told Dhaka Tribune that they had witnessed near-maximum occupancy after a long period of time, thanks to a meeting of senior officials from the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), an intergovernmental organization of 23 countries in the Indian Ocean region, held in Dhaka last week.

There, ministers from the UK, Comoros, Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Kenya and other countries were staying at the hotel for the meeting, which he said was the first international conference ever held in Bangladesh since the Covid-19 outbreak in March last year.

Another senior Pan Pacific hotel Sonargaon official told Dhaka Tribune their business has also started to pick up recently, with the Bangladesh and Pakistan national cricket teams staying at the hotel for their ongoing T20 three-game streak. .

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Masroor Ahmed Mawla, a South African business manager in Dhaka, said booking fees at upscale hotels are high in November and December as international events are held across the country.

Meanwhile, the government of Bangladesh will host the “World Peace Conference” on December 4-5 as part of the ongoing celebration of the centenary of the birth of Bangabandhu Father of the Nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Foreign Minister Dr Ak Abdul Momen said the government has invited renowned peace activists, writers, poets, singers and figures from global civil society to join the conference of peace to help promote the culture of peace and tolerance.

“We have decided to hold the conference during Victory Month, and we hope to do it in person,” Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said.

A senior BGMEA official said buyers and their agents travel to Bangladesh to place orders in large numbers.

Ready-to-wear saw the strongest growth last October and this trend is expected to continue through January and February next year, he added.

Businesses account for 95% of the fancy hotel clientele in Bangladesh, said the general manager of a five-star hotel in Dhaka.

Bangladesh has seen the opening of upscale hotels including the Renaissance Hotel in Gulshan, Radisson Blu Chattogram Bay View, Peninsula Chittagong, Amari Dhaka, Long Beach Suites Dhaka, Le Meridien Dhaka, Six Seasons Hotel in Dhaka , Sheraton in Dhaka, Rose View Hotel, Hotel Valley Garden and Nazimgarh Garden Resort in Sylhet, Long Beach Hotel in Cox Bazar, Grand Sultan Tea Resort and Golf in Sreemangal in Sylhet, and more.

Cox’s Bazar also recover

Meanwhile, Cox’s Bazar hotels and motels are doing well this season, while local Bangladeshi tourists also flock to the coastal district in large numbers, an official from Cox’s Bazar said.

Representatives from the Royal Tulip Sea Pearl Beach Resort & Spa Cox’s Bazar, Long Beach Hotel, Sayeman Beach Resort, Praasad Paradise Hotel & Resort and Sea Crown Hotel said their business appeared to be back after nearly 20 month.

Hundreds of jobs in the industry were lost between March 2020 and September 2021, as the salaries of thousands of employees were cut or remained unpaid during the same period, sources said.

Although reliable statistics are not available in Bangladesh, Covid-19 caused a loss of some Tk 7,000 crore to the sector last year, sources said.

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Meanwhile, Bangladesh International Hotel Association (BIHA) President Hakim Ali said the government should bail out the hospitality industry which has suffered heavy losses during the current pandemic period.

BIHA also sent a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina requesting his personal intervention to bail out the industry which has invested some Tk 60,000 crore.

Hakim Ali, also general manager of the Agrabad hotel in Chattogram, also lamented the delay in write-offs of lump-sum loans among stakeholders.

Like the export-oriented ready-to-wear industry, a BIHA ​​executive said the government should give incentives to the sector to be paid to workers and employees in the sector. .

SM Zillur Rahman, head of the World Association of SMEs in Bangladesh and also chairman of the Rahman Group, said the government should think about bailouting the hospitality industry, which has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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