Hotel accommodation – Aleksander House http://aleksanderhouse.com/ Thu, 14 Jul 2022 05:32:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://aleksanderhouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon-9-120x120.png Hotel accommodation – Aleksander House http://aleksanderhouse.com/ 32 32 Survey: Scarcity of hotel rooms hits Osun https://aleksanderhouse.com/survey-scarcity-of-hotel-rooms-hits-osun/ Thu, 14 Jul 2022 05:32:13 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/survey-scarcity-of-hotel-rooms-hits-osun/ Ahead of the July 16 Osun gubernatorial election, hotel rooms in Osogbo, the state capital, were fully booked, with little to no space available. A Nigerian News Agency correspondent who visited some hotels in Osogbo on Wednesday said most rooms in several hotels were already booked by political party officials, NGOs, government officials and officials. […]]]>

Ahead of the July 16 Osun gubernatorial election, hotel rooms in Osogbo, the state capital, were fully booked, with little to no space available.

A Nigerian News Agency correspondent who visited some hotels in Osogbo on Wednesday said most rooms in several hotels were already booked by political party officials, NGOs, government officials and officials. key players participating in the election.

Hotel accommodation prices have risen due to an influx of guests from other states for the ballot.

During a visit to the Leisure Spring Hotel, along Dele-yes sir, a receptionist told the NAN correspondent that there were no vacant rooms.

Also at the Ideal Nestle Hotel, a receptionist who also preferred anonymity said all rooms had been booked.

He said politicians and dignitaries came from Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Ekiti and other places for the election.

“These people’s representatives are coming to pay for their reservations before they even arrive, making all of our rooms fully booked ahead of Saturday’s election.”

NAN further observed that some hotel premises had security personnel and their vehicles parked inside and outside the hotels.

NAN reports that political party candidates vying for the governorship include Senator Ademola Adeleke (People’s Democratic Party), Mr. Lasun Yussuf (Labour Party) and incumbent Governor Adegboyega Oyetola (Progressive Congress).

The Nigeria Police Force is expected to deploy 21,000 officers for the election, while INEC has moved 12 residential election commissioners and five national commissioners to the state to oversee its conduct.

In addition, the Federal Road Safety Corps said it would deploy 1,500 officers to strategic locations for the safety of life and property, with the Nigerian Security Civil Defense Corps having hundreds of men ready for the elections.

Election observers for the exercise include YIAGA Africa, the National Democratic Institute and Kimpact Developed Initiative, among other civil society organizations

A peace accord between all political parties was signed by the gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday to allow the peaceful conduct of the election.

NOPE

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Hotel room scarcity hits Osun ahead of 2022 election https://aleksanderhouse.com/hotel-room-scarcity-hits-osun-ahead-of-2022-election/ Wed, 13 Jul 2022 15:11:00 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/hotel-room-scarcity-hits-osun-ahead-of-2022-election/ Map of Osun State in South West Nigeria. Ahead of the July 16 Osun gubernatorial election, hotel rooms in Osogbo were fully booked, with little to no space available. A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited some hotels in Osogbo on Wednesday said most rooms in several hotels were already booked by political […]]]>
Map of Osun State in South West Nigeria.

Ahead of the July 16 Osun gubernatorial election, hotel rooms in Osogbo were fully booked, with little to no space available.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited some hotels in Osogbo on Wednesday said most rooms in several hotels were already booked by political party officials, NGOs, government officials and officials. key players participating in the election.

Hotel accommodation prices have increased due to the influx of guests from other states for the poll.

During a visit to the Spring Leisure Hotel, along Dele-yes sir, a receptionist told the NAN correspondent that there were no vacant rooms.

Also at the Ideal Nestle Hotel, a receptionist who also preferred anonymity said all rooms had been booked.

He said politicians and dignitaries came from Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Kaduna, Ekiti and other places for the election.

“These representatives of the people come to pay for their reservation before they even arrive, which means that all our rooms are full before the election on Saturday.”

NAN further observed that some hotel premises had security personnel and their vehicles parked inside and outside the hotels.

NAN reports that political party candidates vying for the governorship include Senator Ademola Adeleke (PDP), Mr. Lasun Yussuf (Labour Party) and Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.

The Nigeria Police Force is expected to deploy 21,000 officers for the election, while INEC has moved 12 RECs and five National Commissioners to the state to oversee its conduct.

In addition, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said it would deploy 1,500 officers to strategic locations for the safety of life and property, with the Nigerian Security Civil Defense Corps having hundreds of men ready for the elections.

Election observers for the exercise include YIAGA Africa, National Democratic Institute (NDI) and Kimpact Developed Initiative (KDI), among other civil society organizations

A peace accord by all political parties is expected to be signed by the gubernatorial candidates on Wednesday, to allow the peaceful conduct of the election.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) held its grand campaign finale on Tuesday, while that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and others are expected between Wednesday and Thursday. (NOPE)

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Hotel accommodation revenue statistics for April 2022 continue to show a very weak picture compared to pre-lockdown periods. https://aleksanderhouse.com/hotel-accommodation-revenue-statistics-for-april-2022-continue-to-show-a-very-weak-picture-compared-to-pre-lockdown-periods/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/hotel-accommodation-revenue-statistics-for-april-2022-continue-to-show-a-very-weak-picture-compared-to-pre-lockdown-periods/ StatsSA’s release of preliminary monthly tourism statistics for April 2022 shows the hospitality sector is still struggling to fully recover from the harsh Covid-19 lockdown shock in 2020, with year-on-year growth still strong but slowing down. Based on a year-over-year growth rate, total hospitality sector revenue was very strong at 68.4% in April, but slower […]]]>

StatsSA’s release of preliminary monthly tourism statistics for April 2022 shows the hospitality sector is still struggling to fully recover from the harsh Covid-19 lockdown shock in 2020, with year-on-year growth still strong but slowing down.

Based on a year-over-year growth rate, total hospitality sector revenue was very strong at 68.4% in April, but slower than the 122.8% rate recorded in March , the third consecutive quarter of slowdown. But these still high growth rates have limited significance given that these revenues were starting from a very low base compared to the “lockdown” levels of 2020/early 2021.

Given the anomalies created in growth rates by the low lockdown base, it makes more sense to visualize the total revenue value and compare it to the corresponding month in 2019, a month prior to COVID 19. We then have a picture more precise of a hotel sector whose revenues are still under severe pressure.

Total hospitality industry revenue in April 2022 was still -34.11% lower than revenue in April 2019, the year before the 2020 lockdown.

Hotel revenue growth continues to outpace revenue growth in both the Guest House and Guest Farm category as well as in Campsites and Caravan Parks, with the former category under longer-term pressure while the last category has already recovered much earlier. during the post-lockdown phase.

Going further to see occupancy rates, in April 2022 the national hotel occupancy rate was 33.8%, still well below the April 2019 rate of 48.9%.

It’s not just low occupancy that has limited hotel revenues. The financial environment for customers is also more constrained and the average hotel revenue per night in April 2022, despite a significant recovery after the confinement, was still down -4.37% compared to the level of April 2019.

Conclusion

The hospitality sector remains under severe revenue pressure, despite a significant recovery from the near-zero base created at one point in 2020 by hard lockdowns.

These still very weak turnover figures, even if they should continue to gradually improve during the year, lead us to remain in expectation that the hotel real estate market will remain under pressure.

These April hotel revenue figures continue to show a hotel sector that is far from “fully recovered” to 2019/early 2020 levels.

We expected gradual improvement in 2022 on the back of Covid-19 having apparently receded as a threat, and lockdown regulations eased even further from late 2021.

A stronger economy since the 2020 low has resulted in some improvement in pricing power for the hotel and restaurant sector, as evidenced by the CPI (consumer price index) for this sector . From deflation of -0.5% year-on-year in February 2021, the inflation rate for this index rose to 6.7% in March 2022 and remained high at 5.6% in April.

This has supported a significant increase in average income per night following a major drop in lockdown in 2020, but not yet back to pre-Covid 19 levels.

However, some increases in input costs may be reflected in this rise in inflation, as the general inflation environment has deteriorated recently, so the cost pressure for the hospitality sector may also have increased.

But the industry has come under new pressure in recent months.

KZN province has been hit by severe flooding twice, with the first flood occurring in April. This may have impacted hotel occupancy over the Easter period and possibly beyond, a generally reasonably busy time for hoteliers who may have been less busy due to flooding and damage than they caused.

In addition, transportation cost inflation has skyrocketed due to soaring global oil prices which have pushed up domestic gasoline prices. Fuel price inflation has been unrelenting over the past year, which is expected to dampen the demand for domestic tourist travel by road, while the cost of air travel is also influenced.

Additionally, the demise of Comair has restricted the availability of air travel in recent weeks, which may negatively impact air travel and therefore hotel demand as well.

And then there are the factors that we have long identified as constraints to tourism and hotel demand.

Firstly, domestic holiday tourists as a group are under more financial pressure than before Covid-19, due to the impact of the 2020 recession on jobs and incomes, not to mention the recent increase in l CPI inflation and interest rates. With much of holiday tourism being non-essential in nature, this category of spending is put on the back burner for many households while they take care of their finances.

Second, we have argued for some time that business travel not only faces similar financial strains as a result of the impact of the 2020 recession on business, but that the corporate sector has also managed to “ zoom” much of his interaction during hard closes. This modern communication probably partially distances it from less efficient physical movement. Much of that expensive physical business travel may therefore never return. Many hotels will therefore need to be less dependent on domestic business travel on a more permanent basis.

In short, we expect hotel occupancy and revenue improvement to continue in 2022, assuming everyone remains freer to move around as vaccine deployments progress, across the globe. as well as in South Africa, and the virus threat recedes.

But the financial impact of the 2020 recession on households and businesses persists, with more recent pressure added by rising fuel and headline price inflation, and the resulting rise in interest rates. These factors are seen as holding back the pace of recovery in what is a non-essential spending category for many. Thus, the return to pre-Covid-19 income levels for this property class may not yet occur in 2022.

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Some MPs seek hotel accommodation to attend parliament – ​​The Island https://aleksanderhouse.com/some-mps-seek-hotel-accommodation-to-attend-parliament-the-island/ Fri, 20 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/some-mps-seek-hotel-accommodation-to-attend-parliament-the-island/ “The private sector also imports under the Indian line of credit” By Shamindra Ferdinando SLPP MP Prof Channa Jayasumana said yesterday (03) that the cholesterol-lowering drug Atorvastatin had been ordered by private supplier Sunshine Healthcare Lanka Ltd., under the Indian line of credit made available to meet urgent needs, including medication. MP Jayasumana said that […]]]>

“The private sector also imports under the Indian line of credit”

By Shamindra Ferdinando

SLPP MP Prof Channa Jayasumana said yesterday (03) that the cholesterol-lowering drug Atorvastatin had been ordered by private supplier Sunshine Healthcare Lanka Ltd., under the Indian line of credit made available to meet urgent needs, including medication. MP Jayasumana said that out of USD 200 million allocated for drug importation, part had been allocated to the private sector as they too lacked sufficient USD to place orders.

Prof Jayasumana said so in response to yesterday’s lead article titled ‘Cholesterol drug purchase: SL to lose big due to dodgy deal with Indian company’.

Jayasumana said he held the health portfolio at the time the Indian line of credit became operational. “Therefore, I had to set the record straight. This particular purchase had been made by the private sector and not by the Department of Health, as a trade unionist wrongly alleged,” he said. MP Jayasumana was responding to a statement released by Ravi Kumudesh, President of the College of Medical Laboratory Science, regarding the purchase of atorvastatin by the Ministry of Health. Alleging that the purchase was finalized above the price previously paid and therefore the government stood to lose US$240,000 per month, the trade unionist urged the government to end the embezzlement.

Legislator Jayasumana made a copy of the corresponding invoice available. Responding to questions, MP Jayasumana said he asked Kumudesh about the issue at hand. The former minister maintained that it was a slippage on the part of the union. After receiving a copy of the invoice for the purchase of atorvastatin, the union released the statement on the assumption that the order had been placed by the Department of Health. India announced on March 17, 2022 a $1 billion line of credit as part of its assistance to help Sri Lanka deal with its economic crisis.

Lawmaker Jayasumana said that following consultations between the parties concerned, the ministries of finance and commerce have decided to allocate $200 million out of $1 billion for the purchase of drugs. Of the drug allowance, the State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) had received $126 million and the remaining amount was distributed among other importers. These are State Pharmaceutical and Manufacturing Corporation (SPMC) 4 mn USD, local manufacturers 25 mn USD and private sector suppliers 45 mn USD.Prof. Jayasumana said SPMC needs funds for the purchase of raw materials and other services needed to manufacture drugs. In fact, SPC has never purchased atorvastatin from a foreign supplier, Prof Jayasumana said, adding that besides SPMC, there were at least three other local producers, including Hemas Pharmaceuticals.

Professor Jayasumana lost the health portfolio following the appointment of a new cabinet following the resignation of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on 09 May. Keheliya Rambukwella, who was health minister when President Gotabaya Rajapaksa reshuffled the cabinet, returned to the same portfolio in the new cabinet of ministers. MP Jayasumana said the procurement process has been delayed by some of the Indian vendors requesting that payments be made through their regular banks instead of the chosen State Bank of India for money transfers. Following the intervention of Pr GL Peiris, in his capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Health was able to resolve the problem.

Referring to the recent revelation of shortcomings in procurement procedures following the review of the CPS by the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), Prof. Jayasumana pointed out that the country lacked the means to procure the supplies. essential. in short supply and recent media reports have revealed how the global community is supporting Sri Lanka’s efforts to maintain health services. In addition to India’s credit line and funds reallocated from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank, several countries have provided medicines and medical equipment as well as much-needed funds, the former health minister said.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Vacation Rental Over Hotel Accommodation https://aleksanderhouse.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-choose-vacation-rental-over-hotel-accommodation/ Thu, 12 May 2022 15:02:03 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/5-reasons-why-you-should-choose-vacation-rental-over-hotel-accommodation/ When planning a vacation, the choices are endless. Always in search of new experiences, the unquenchable thirst of the human eye can rarely be sufficiently satisfied by the beauty of this world and the choices it has to offer. Wild varieties of amenities, vacation rentals, hotels and motels at our fingertips; make it difficult to […]]]>

When planning a vacation, the choices are endless. Always in search of new experiences, the unquenchable thirst of the human eye can rarely be sufficiently satisfied by the beauty of this world and the choices it has to offer.

Wild varieties of amenities, vacation rentals, hotels and motels at our fingertips; make it difficult to decide where to spend the most anticipated and desired time of the year – the holidays. Holidays, synonymous with relaxation and rest, can sometimes become stressful, especially when traveling as a family with children in the picture.

Traveling with a family group of people can make things a lot more difficult and narrow down accommodation choices. So what are the advantages of going for a self-catering vacation rental versus booking a hotel for the next getaway?

Value for money

More often than not, people save all year round for their summer vacation. That’s why it’s crucial not to spend all the savings on accommodation, only. It’s no secret that hotels, especially those with breathtaking views, can be quite expensive. And when you are traveling as a family or in a group, prices can definitely be a big deal and cause a lot of stress. That being said, going for a self-catering vacation rental means getting value for money.

Even the most luxurious vacation rentals in the Algarve can prove to be a more cost-effective option than staying in a hotel. So, opting for a vacation villa or apartment means saving a lot of the budget while having the flexibility to spend it on something that would be more memorable – great restaurants, sightseeing tours, wine tastings galore as well as farm-to-table meals, mini-trips in the region and much more.

Be your own boss

Self-catering vacation rentals give people the ability to cook their own meals. This is great news for picky eaters, gluten intolerant people, vegans and vegetarians, or just people with a refined taste in food. Renting a vacation villa or apartment gives people the luxury of choosing their own meals, cooking and eating at their own pace.

While it can sometimes be easier to have someone else cook your meals, a service that will always be available to you in a hotel is priceless. In hotels, meals are served according to precise and strict schedules. This means that guests have no choice but to eat according to the hotel’s schedule and choose from whatever is on the menu. More often than not, they end up going out to find a restaurant whose food would suit their needs and their preferred time.

Comfort and flexibility

When it comes to comfort, renting a vacation villa means comfort, space and relaxation. Imagine having an entire villa, with an expansive porch that’s always sunny, a beautiful garden for late-night gatherings or a festive BBQ lunch with friends and family.

Traveling with children requires a lot of flexibility. This means that renting a holiday villa or apartment and being able to eat, drink, rest and play in comfort and peace are some of the many highlights of renting a holiday apartment.

Having the place all to themselves will give each member of the traveling party the flexibility to choose and do their activities at their time and place.

Renting a vacation villa also means that guests with children no longer have to tiptoe around the room if the children have just fallen asleep or listen to neighbors partying at 3 a.m. while trying to rest.

In this way, everyone has their own corner, a luxury that a client will not be able to have if he opts for a hotel room.

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose Vacation Rental Over Hotel Accommodation

A chance to learn about the local culture

Renting a holiday villa or apartment allows tourists to get to know the local culture and better understand their way of life.

Staying in a vacation rental means having the chance to bump into next-door neighbours, get to know them better, get a first-hand glimpse of favorite places to visit, enjoy a long leisurely walk towards the local market while shopping, seeing all the traditional monuments, learning more about them and having the chance to experience the local spirit in a more personal way. It’s an experience that hotels simply can’t provide.

Opting for such a vacation is a chance to experience life on a whole new level.

Working year-round gives people the right to be served exactly what they ordered.

Quinta dos Vales, one of the best known and most beautiful vacation rentals in the Algarve, has well earned its reputation. Quinta dos Vales offers many accommodation options that provide relaxation, soothe the senses and increase productivity in a serene and inspiring atmosphere. A perfect haven for anyone looking for comfort, rest, peace and quiet. For those looking for a little more activity, it offers mini golf, tennis and even a paddle tennis court and finally 2 swimming pools, one of which is heated during the coldest periods.

The wine resort offers plenty of options for hosting events, covering venue, food, drink, and good weather. Moreover, if you are planning to get married in Portugal, Quinta dos Vales offers incredible options to organize this very special day. These vacation rentals in Portugal will satisfy the needs of every guest, whether they are a beach lover, a wine or golf lover, or simply an admirer of the countryside.

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FAM says accommodation in a Romanian bus hotel is cheaper https://aleksanderhouse.com/fam-says-accommodation-in-a-romanian-bus-hotel-is-cheaper/ Tue, 12 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/fam-says-accommodation-in-a-romanian-bus-hotel-is-cheaper/ The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has denied that it is spending more money to pay for Romanian Marian Mario Marinica’s accommodation at the Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre, as reported by the media. Instead, FAM said that thanks to a special deal with the hostel, they were actually saving money, contrary to a news article […]]]>

The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) has denied that it is spending more money to pay for Romanian Marian Mario Marinica’s accommodation at the Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre, as reported by the media.

Instead, FAM said that thanks to a special deal with the hostel, they were actually saving money, contrary to a news article reporting that they have spent K17 million since arriving in October from the hostel. ‘last year.

Malawi Flames coach Mario Marinica

He said: “The Football Association of Malawi (FAM) wishes to refute media reports that the Association is extravagant in spending a lot of money on the national team coach, hosting Mr. Mario Marinica at the Amaryllis Hotel, as Malawi News reported on April 9, 2022.

“The article claims that FAM spent over MK 17 million for the coach to stay at the hotel. The reported figure is an exaggeration which portrayed FAM as extravagant and wasteful.

The truth is that since arriving in the country in November 2021, Mr. Marinica has been staying at the Amaryllis Hotel.

“Initially it was a one-month temporary arrangement as he was finalizing his employment and work permit paperwork. Marinica had to accompany the Flames to Saudi Arabia for pre-Afcon camping in December and in Cameroon for Afcon in January The Flames left Malawi on December 23, 2021 and returned on January 28, 2022. Upon her return from Afcon, Marinica was supposed to be hosted in Blantyre, as per her employment contract.

The statement said that FAM was in the process of identifying the house, Amaryllis Hotel offered a special “long stay package” which effectively met the coach’s accommodation needs and also proved profitable for FAM.

Amaryllis also offered FAM a special rate of K900,000 per month, including all services except meals (lunch and dinner).

“The public may wish to appreciate that the fully furnished house rentals on offer range between K900,000 and K1.2 million per month. In addition to the monthly rent, FAM had to bear the following expenses: “24 hour security services with alarms costing between K600,000 and K1 million, DStv services – K90,000, Internet Wifi – K60,000, generator and fuel in running costs – 100,000 MK, utilities and domestic workers – 300,000 K”.

“It would cost the association no less than MK 2.4 million per month. The Amaryllis Hotel’s special MK900,000 package covers all these expenses, resulting in significant savings for FAM of MK1.5 million per month, amounting to MK7.5 million for the five months that the coach stayed in the country. We therefore want to assure all of our stakeholders and the public that FAM will continue to exercise care, due diligence and prudence in managing its resources at all times.

In an interview, FAM’s Commercial and Marketing Director said that they are paying former Flames coach Meck Mwase around the clock at K650,000 without an alarm. Mwase, who qualified for the Flames for the third Afcon final, was dismissed after the AMF executive committee meeting on Saturday.

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This will soon be a luxury hotel – with one of the best views in York https://aleksanderhouse.com/this-will-soon-be-a-luxury-hotel-with-one-of-the-best-views-in-york/ Wed, 06 Apr 2022 07:04:05 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/this-will-soon-be-a-luxury-hotel-with-one-of-the-best-views-in-york/ Today it is dilapidated and filled with rubbish. But it will soon become one of the most sought after places to stay in York. The award-winning Grays Court Hotel has won permission to convert its Coach House into seven bedrooms. And that will be the view from some of these rooms. The view from the […]]]>

Today it is dilapidated and filled with rubbish. But it will soon become one of the most sought after places to stay in York.

The award-winning Grays Court Hotel has won permission to convert its Coach House into seven bedrooms.

And that will be the view from some of these rooms.

The view from the Coach House, Grays Court. Image: planning documents

The Coach House is part of the Grade I listed hotel, located close to the city walls.

Today dilapidated, the plans will “result in the repair of the building and the consequent improvement of the appearance of the site seen from the ramparts”.

Six neighbors opposed the conversion project. Some were concerned about noise and disturbance late at night. Elderly residents of nearby Gowland Court did not want their homes neglected.

York City Council planners have now approved the planning application with 22 conditions. This includes submitting a detailed sound insulation scheme to the council.

And to protect the residents of Gowland Court, the adjoining courtyard space cannot be used as rest or leisure space.

Needs a little TLC: Grays Court Shed. Photographs: Richard McDougall
This is where the shed is next to Grays Court
It’s right next to the city walls

Helen Heraty, owner of Grays Court Hotel, said:

We are delighted that the planning for the additional seven bedrooms in our Coach House has been approved.

By extending our occupation, we will bring more jobs to York.

The increased capacity of our rooms gives us the opportunity to look after more guests and offer them the warm and special welcome of Grays Court.

The hotel was named Small Hotel of the Year at the VisitEngland National Awards for Excellence in 2020.

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Royal Cliff Hotels Pattaya Wins Best SHA Award for Hotel Accommodation https://aleksanderhouse.com/royal-cliff-hotels-pattaya-wins-best-sha-award-for-hotel-accommodation/ Sun, 13 Mar 2022 17:10:41 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/royal-cliff-hotels-pattaya-wins-best-sha-award-for-hotel-accommodation/ The project recognizes and celebrates excellence among SHA-certified tourism-related businesses in Thailand. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is honored to announce 160 winners of the “Best of SHA Awards 2021” for excellence in implementing the required safety and hygiene measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, thus helping to ensure the health and safety […]]]>
The project recognizes and celebrates excellence among SHA-certified tourism-related businesses in Thailand.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is honored to announce 160 winners of the “Best of SHA Awards 2021” for excellence in implementing the required safety and hygiene measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, thus helping to ensure the health and safety of all, visitors and staff.

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, Governor of TAT, said, “The Best of SHA Awards 2021 were launched in June last year to seek out the best SHA-certified companies in the 10 categories covered by the certification and celebrate their excellence. The initiative aims to encourage commercial operators to adhere to the SHA standard at all times and maintain consistency in their approaches to safety and hygiene. »


‘The Best of SHA Awards 2021’ is based on a Voice of Customer user satisfaction survey and was conducted from June 10 to October 20, 2021. Some 132,256 users submitted their feedback by completing a questionnaire on certified products and services SHA they experience in terms of consistency in meeting the SHA standard and having a ‘white’ tourism standard (convenience, cleanliness, safety, fairness and environmental friendliness).

Mr. YuthasakSupasorn, Governor of TAT, said, “The Best of SHA Awards 2021 were launched in June last year to seek out the best SHA-certified companies in the 10 categories covered by the certification and celebrate their excellence.

There are 11 winners of the “Best of SHA Awards”, one for each of the 10 categories, namely:

  1. The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha – category of recreational activities and tourist attractions.
  2. Kathi Baan Ahaan Thai and Khanom –category of restaurants and diners.
  3. Royal Cliff Hotel Group –category of hotel and homestay accommodation.
  4. Thai Air Asia – transport category (air transport).
  5. Classy car rental –category of transport (overland).
  6. JampaHom Tour and Travel –category of travel agencies.
  7. Onsen Relaxation and Thonglor Spa –health and beauty category.
  8. Siam Paragon – category of department stores and shopping centers.
  9. Alpine Golf Club –category of sports for tourism.
  10. Power of Aksra Theater King – category of activity/meeting and theatre/entertainment.
  11. Gastronomic market – MRT Ladprao –category of souvenir shops and others.

Meanwhile, 81 SHA-certified tourism-related businesses have received 3 stars for consistent adherence to the SHA standard and have a white tourism standard (rated above 90 points).

Another 46 companies received 2 stars for their consistent adherence to the SHA standard (scoring above 80 but below 90 points).

Last but not least, 33 others received 1 star for their consistent adherence to the SHA standard (rating above 70 but below 80 points).

The “Best of SHA Awards 2021” award ceremony, which took place on March 10, 2022, was chaired by Mr. YuthasakSupasorn, Governor of TAT. The event was co-hosted by Mr. ApichaiChatchalermkit, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Affairs, and Ms. ThapaneeKiatphaiboon, TAT Deputy Governor for Domestic Market.

The full list of 160 winners of The Best of SHA Awards 2021 can be found on this website: www.thailandsha.com/thebestofsha.

SHA and SHA Plus certifications are used to assess 10 types of businesses; namely restaurants and diners; hotels, accommodation and homestays; recreational activities and tourist attractions; transport; travel agency; health and beauty; department stores and malls; sports for tourism; activities and meetings, theaters and entertainment, souvenir shops and other businesses.

About SHA and SHA Plus certificates

The Amazing Thailand SHA certification was introduced in May 2020 and has been certified by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) in accordance with the WTTC SafeTravels protocols.

The SHA Plus High certification was first introduced in Phuket in June 2021, as the popular tourist island was set to pilot Thailand’s reopening under the Sandbox program from July 1, 2021.

SHA and SHA Plus certifications are used to assess 10 types of businesses; namely restaurants and diners; hotels, accommodation and homestays; recreational activities and tourist attractions; transport; travel agency; health and beauty; department stores and malls; sports for tourism; activities and meetings, theaters and entertainment, souvenir shops and other businesses.

Meanwhile, SHA Extra Plus (SHA++) are lodging establishments certified to have partnered with medical establishments for medical testing and treatment related to COVID-19.

As of March 7, 2022, some 42,191 tourism-related businesses had been certified with the Amazing Thailand SHA certificate, the top 3 being restaurants and diners; hotels, accommodation and homestays, and transportation. (TAT)


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Government will cover the cost of hotel accommodation for 2 nights – Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Ghanaians Returning Home https://aleksanderhouse.com/government-will-cover-the-cost-of-hotel-accommodation-for-2-nights-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-on-ghanaians-returning-home/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/government-will-cover-the-cost-of-hotel-accommodation-for-2-nights-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-on-ghanaians-returning-home/ Ghanaian students evacuated from Ukraine arrived at Kotoka International Airport (KIA) The government has set a limit on the number of days Ghanaians who have decided to be flown into the country can be accommodated in hotels in European countries around Ukraine. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration said in a press statement […]]]>

Ghanaian students evacuated from Ukraine arrived at Kotoka International Airport (KIA)

The government has set a limit on the number of days Ghanaians who have decided to be flown into the country can be accommodated in hotels in European countries around Ukraine.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration said in a press statement that the government will only cover the cost of hotel accommodation for two nights for Ghanaians hosted by staff and representatives at clear out.

They will also receive plane tickets to Ghana and their Covid-19 tests will be paid for.

According to the ministry in its statement dated March 8, the decision stems from the refusal of some Ghanaian students to show up at the airport despite wanting to be evacuated.

“This has led the government to purchase airline tickets that remain unused and to pay for COVID-19 testing for people with no intention of travelling,” the statement read.

The government has noted that the issue is of serious concern. It is therefore “to beg only those Ghanaians who agree to be evacuated to confirm their participation in order to avoid the dissipation of meager public funds”.

This directive implies that Ghanaians who refuse to return home will have to meet the cost of their stay after being given free accommodation for two nights.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry reported that around 70% of Ghanaians stranded in Sumy, near the Russian border, have started their journey to Myrhorod.

In Myrhorod, they will be transported to western border towns for further transfer to neighboring countries.

So far, as of March 8, the total number of Ghanaians flown into the country due to the Russian-Ukrainian tension is 181.

This comes after the ministry received 88 Ghanaian students from Romania, Hungary and Poland.

Acknowledging the efforts of various stakeholders, the government expressed “deep gratitude to the various National Unions of Ghana Students (NUGS) in the region, the Church of Pentecost and other religious bodies, governments, humanitarian organizations and to the individuals who carried out the evacuation of our possible nationals.

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Hotel accommodation has declined in recent years in the country; from 92% to 72% https://aleksanderhouse.com/hotel-accommodation-has-declined-in-recent-years-in-the-country-from-92-to-72/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://aleksanderhouse.com/hotel-accommodation-has-declined-in-recent-years-in-the-country-from-92-to-72/ From 2015, and probably much further, until 2019, more than 90% of tourists who came to the Dominican Republic preferred to stay in hotel establishments. However, over the past three years, this trend has changed. Between 2015 and 2019, without interruption, almost all non-resident foreigners in the country stayed in hotels, but from 2020, when […]]]>

From 2015, and probably much further, until 2019, more than 90% of tourists who came to the Dominican Republic preferred to stay in hotel establishments. However, over the past three years, this trend has changed.

Between 2015 and 2019, without interruption, almost all non-resident foreigners in the country stayed in hotels, but from 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic began to affect the national territory, their number began to drop.

In 2020, 83.08% of tourists have used hotel establishments as an accommodation option; in 2021, 71.5% and in January 2022, 72.0%according to the Central Bank’s tourist flow reports.

These figures show that hotel accommodation is showing a downward trend, which could be linked to the economic effects of the pandemic or the rise of digital accommodation platforms such as Airbnbwhich offer several stay options at different prices.

Services

Most foreign tourists who visit the Dominican Republic are satisfied with the services they receive in hotels; around 70% rated them as excellent or very good in 2020, according to the Central Bank’s “Opinion, Attitude and Motivation Survey of Non-Resident Foreigners”.

The majority (around 68%) were also satisfied with the hotel’s facilities and prices. It means that changes in traveler preferences are not due to dissatisfaction with hotelsmost of which are characterized by an all-inclusive offer (food, drinks, beds, entertainment, etc.).

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