At least four luxury hotels located near the protest site at the Rajprasong intersection, and Silom area have confirmed they would be shutting operations for a short period even as the number of restaurants downing their shutters is increasing.

The four hotels account for 1,500 rooms and employ 2,000 people.

The general manager of Holiday Inn Bangkok and InterContinental Bangkok, Markus Platzer, expressed concern for the safety and security of hotel guests and employees.

He said since the demonstrations started in the area on April 3, the hotel had devoted utmost attention to the safety and security of guests and employees.

Police units near Dusit hotel, Silom business district
Apart from the economic damage made to the business sector, the ongoing rally has also posed threats to the tourism sector. Picture : Boris Sullivan

It is owned by President Hotel and Tower Co and operated by the global InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).

“While we cannot control and foresee what takes place outside the hotels' premises, we can and have done our best to ensure the safety, security and comfort of our guests. On April 18, we decided to temporarily suspend services at Holiday Inn Bangkok and from today [yesterday] we have stopped taking bookings for InterContinental Bangkok and relocated our guests to other IHG managed properties,” he said

via More hotels, restuarants down shutters.

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