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Impact of Coronavirus on the Hotel Sector | April 2020

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The effects of the coronavirus have led to a hotel crisis never before seen on this scale. During the financial crisis that started in 2008, there was a significant slump in the hotel sector, but occupancy rates never got to the lows that are being experienced right now. That did happen in China after the SARS outbreak in 2003, but the rates bounced back to their old levels within just six months, even in the most affected cities.

If the current pandemic can not be curbed soon, and travel restrictions persist, what will it mean for the hotel industry? We’ve toured around six major holiday countries, to get a clear picture of the current situation, map out the consequences and identify opportunities.


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Impact of Coronavirus on the Hotel Sector | April 2020

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Karel Stransky

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I have obtained Master's Degree in Geography from Masaryk University in Brno in 1984 and  MBA from Sheffield Hallam  University in 1997. 

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 Shortly after the begining of financial crisis in the early 2009 I became Managing Director of Colliers Czech Republic and took the team through the trubled, loses making period and transformed it to the profitable business. 

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