Published on : Monday, March 23, 2020
Ohio’s hotels and other accommodation centers are facing a lot of trouble due to the coronavirus pandemic. Numerous hotels are edging towards a temporary closure of their properties following deserted rooms, reduced visitors and low occupancy rates. Dayton market area is one of the major areas with accommodation facilities in the state. All hotels are now suffering due to the decreased demand for personal and business travel and stand weaker than ever before.
Joe Savarise, Executive Director, Ohio Hotel and Lodging Association reported that hotels and motel in the Dayton market area had more than 64% occupancy rates last year. Owing to the coronavirus outbreak, most of these places are witnessing a rate in the low double-digit and even single digits. She mentioned that the present situation has badly impacted every sector of the economy but the hotels and lodging industry has been hit in the worst possible way in history. She also said the current scenario is far worse than the post-9/11 days.
Dayton area features nearly 130 to 140 hotels with a total accommodation amounting to 12,000 rooms. Ohio as a whole is home to about 1,500 hotels and approximately 138,000 rooms. When all these hotels reach an occupancy rate of 10% to 12%, the decision of temporary closure becomes inevitable due to revenue and expenses. This also signals towards an immense loss of jobs rendering around 100,000 people jobless. Savarese also mentioned that hotels directly employ more than 42,00 people and support additional 192,300 jobs in Ohio and the situation has the probability of creating a ripple effect on the state economy.
As travel restrictions are issued, vacations are canceled, business travel and events put off, hotels in the area are bound to go for layoffs, furloughs, and closure. This will again lead to a great surge in job losses. In the near future, Ohio hotels might also be used for quarantine purposes or to house non-infected patients and health-care workers.