Ripple effect from China hits Thai hotels, tourism

It was like a shot heard around the world – or at least ricocheting loudly through Thailand. On March 23, William Heinecke, founder and chairman of Minor International, announced that he would close his hotels in Bangkok in the face of a fast-spreading coronavirus crisis. And he urged authorities to act forcefully to contain it. Heinecke is a self-made billionaire entrepreneur behind the biggest hotel chain in the country, with homegrown brand Anantara and Four Seasons resorts that regularly rank on the global best lists. A smattering of other Bangkok hotels followed, and another 100 properties on the resort island…
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