Polish hotels face the prospect of a difficult festive period with a survey showing that nearly three-quarters of them have less than 30 percent of their rooms booked.
The Polish Hotel Chamber of Commerce (IGHP), which led the investigation, said the low level of bookings was due to uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic and travel decisions postponed at the last minute.
The IGHP reported that its latest questionnaire saw weaker results for November than in October and previous months, with nearly half of those polled reporting less than 40 percent occupancy and just 30 percent stating that they were more than 50 percent reserved.
IGHP said bookings for the next three months were also lower than expected. “In December, almost 3/4 of hotels report an occupancy rate below 30 percent … In January – the first month of winter vacation – 4 out of 5 hotels have reservations at a level not exceeding 20 percent, with the dominant group (40 percent) with an occupancy rate of up to 5 percent, ”the chamber said. “In February, very similar to January, hotels do not exceed 20% occupancy, with the dominant group, below 5%, standing at 57%.”
IGHP General Secretary Marcin Maczynski told PAP the outcome was very bad.
Maczynski pointed out that the last day for filling out the questionnaire coincided with a Health Ministry press conference in which new Covid restrictions were announced from December 15, limiting occupancy. “The poor results of the investigation during the forecast period do not reflect the negative effects of these decisions,” he said.
He added that the limits imposed on unvaccinated people from December 1 had seen one in two hotels register a 20% drop in bookings.
The online survey was carried out from December 2 to 7, 2021 among 172 hotels in Poland.