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    Pattaya Hotels start laying off staff, has a new recession started?

    LATEST VICTIM OF ECONOMIC DOWNTURN: TOWN IN TOWN HOTEL LAYS OFF STAFF


    The current economic downturn has caused Town in Town Hotel, in Pattaya, to lay off hundreds of staff members. The hotel is planning to convert to serviced apartments in order to survive.

    On 16 August 2007, at Town in Town hotel, located at 206, Moo 9, Central Pattaya, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi, Mr. Surapol Lertmetta chaired a meeting of the Hotel Management Committee and authorities from the Social Welfare and Labor Law office of Chonburi, which hundreds of hotel staff members attended. The hotel management explained that economic problems were making it necessary to lay off staff because of a serious loss a business and making it impossible to operate as a hotel any longer.

    Mr. Surapol revealed that Town in Town is a three star hotel which has been operating for more than sixteen years. The sixteen story hotel contains 360 rooms and has a staff of 200 people. Because of the poor economy, business has declined, significantly during the past few months. The hotel has no choice but to lay off some staff in order to survive.

    The hotel management wishes the staff to understand that the situation is critical. It is necessary for the hotel to convert to serviced apartments in order to survive.

    In addition, Pattaya is saturated with an abundance of hotels. Town in Town hotel is right in the center of the city and it is very difficult to compete with other hotels that are closer to the beach, which is attractive to customers and tour operators. However, hotel management will be responsible for any compensation to staff that are laid off according to the Social Welfare and Labor Law.

    Mrs. Anyuma Prasobphol, the former Town in Town Hotel Manager declared that all of the laid off staff did not expect anything from the hotel except a rational explanation which the hotel management has provided. Staff members are appreciative that the hotel will exercise their responsibility to provide for laid off staff members, as they need support for their daily living expenses.

    Mr. Chokechai Gerd-Nai-Mongkol, from the Social Welfare and Labor office of Chonburi declared that all laid off staff will be provided for, as covered by the labor law. The hotel management might have to pay all staff in installments, as the hotel financial situation is precarious. Both sides will have to come to an agreement and the Social Welfare and Labor office will supervise all matters.

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    1500bht a nite? Need to lower prices and problem solved.

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    I was over in Soi Barcoa(sp) last weekend, and they had the gaul to charge me 500 baht for a night. No choice but to payup as I didn't have a passport & the good lady had forgot her id card. Not many tourists around if the discos are anything to go by, that said Lucifers was packed as usual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by britmaveric
    1500bht a nite? Need to lower prices and problem solved
    Is that expensive for Pattaya? Sounds quite cheap/reasonable to me (without knowing the quality of the actual hotel of course).

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    There are better hotels in Pattaya at lot better locations for that price, Soi Town in Town is a Soi that no 2 week tourist would ever see as it is nowhere near the sea or the nightlife, the US marines used to go there as it was listed on their list of good, safe Pattaya hotels, it also stated that it was on the beach, they weren't none too happy about that

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by britmaveric
    1500bht a nite? Need to lower prices and problem solved
    Is that expensive for Pattaya? Sounds quite cheap/reasonable to me (without knowing the quality of the actual hotel of course).
    Well the UBC had only one foreign movie channel & that was in dubbed into Chinese. At this time of year I expect to pay no more than 400 for a night. Clean room with UBC, air con & hot water. maybe I'm just tight.

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    Mr. Chokechai Gerd-Nai-Mongkol, from the Social Welfare and Labor office of Chonburi declared that all laid off staff will be provided for, as covered by the labor law. The hotel management might have to pay all staff in installments, as the hotel financial situation is precarious. Both sides will have to come to an agreement and the Social Welfare and Labor office will supervise all matters.
    Sounds like they'll get paid the first couple of months, then in slow motion the next couple, by which time the sad fcuks expect what's coming which is hassle piled on hassle till they realise which country they're in and give up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    it also stated that it was on the beach, they weren't none too happy about that
    I am though

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    The current economic downturn
    What economic downturn?

    Farangs dont have a downturn on thier hands, farangs have plenty of money to pay for hotels.

    This has more to do with the meddling about with visas than anything else. Tourist numbers are down because of that.

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    to lay off hundreds of staff members
    Hundreds, how many?

    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog
    The sixteen story hotel contains 360 rooms and has a staff of 200 people
    Sorry but i dont see how you need 200 staff for a 360 room hotel.

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    200 for 360 seems a bit high, but if they had fewer motivated staff with better salaries, then service would improve.

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    ^^
    Nothing to do with visas and more to do with the strong Thai baht.

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    However TAT keeps saying its busier than ever.

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    ^tat's ever increasing stats - it must be all the tourists arriving in the unseen parts of amazing Thailand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Burr View Post
    ^^
    Nothing to do with visas and more to do with the strong Thai baht.

    Have to disagree about the Visas its effected people who want to stay for six or twelve months ( long term stayers ) Ok they probably wouldnt stop there anyway , rent a condo . Your right the strong baht hurts a bit depending where your coming from .

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    Of all the tourists that come to Thailand, I would say 99% stay less than 30 days. I think the average stay according to TAT is something like 5 days.

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