Canada Association of Tourism Employees

The Rosewood Bangkok, a COVID casualty Lodge

  1. The architecturally distinctive 30-story Rosewood Bangkok Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, is one of the ailing hospitality companies that have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pendency.
  2. The restrictions on international travel have almost frozen the flow of tourists.
  3. “Rosewood employees were informed of the closure announcement on Tuesday,” a hotel representative said as the hotel closed on Saturday.

The representative spoke on condition of anonymity and the hotel declined to comment further.

When it opened, the Rosewood Bangkok stated that it was destined to establish a new design icon for the Kingdom’s capital and the world stage. Now COVID-19 has killed it.

Rosewood Bangkok is an upscale project run by Rende Development Co., Ltd. owned by the family of Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Prime Minister of Thailand.

“The temporary closure of Rosewood Bangkok is set to regain a foothold amid uncertainties,” wrote Paetongtarn “Ing” Shinawatra, Rende’s vice chairman and daughter of Thaksin, on Facebook.

The safety of all hotel staff and guests is a priority, she said.
Many observers fear that the hotel will be sold or renamed after it closes.

Marisa Sukosol Nunphakdi, president of the Thai Hotels Association, called on the government to allow restaurants to be reopened in hotels in accordance with the order easing restaurant restrictions.

Fitness centers, swimming pools and hotel meeting rooms should also be allowed with some regulations, Marisa said.

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