Marco Polo Davao to stop operations as pandemic badly hits hospitality industry

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 8) — Marco Polo Davao has announced that they will indefinitely stop operations starting June 15, due to the “ill-effects” brought about by the coronavirus pandemic to the hospitality industry.

“Marco Polo Davao will cease hotel operations by June 15," Pearl Peralta-Maclang, hotel sales and marketing director, told CNN Philippines. "The business decision is brought about by the ill-effects of the pandemic and the uncertainties of the future of the industry."

Davao's City's lone five-star hotel posted the announcement on its official Facebook page, thanking supporters, business partners, and the community.

“The priority is to take care of the associates while the company can," Peralta-Maclang said. "The associates have been the core and stewards in building Marco Polo Davao.”

Many employees reportedly expressed hope that the hotel will be back in operations when the pandemic is over.

The hospitality industry is one of the hardest-hit sectors around the globe since the pandemic erupted.

In the Philippines alone, hotels were prohibited to accept new bookings by the national government beginning March.

The travel industry was also severely affected due to the cancellation of domestic and international flights early this year.

It is also said to be suffering its worst downturn since the 9/11 attack, according to a report by CNN International.

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