Lack of airlift is major problem for Hotel Plaza
WILLEMSTAD – The management of the Hotel Plaza in downtown Punda was confronted yesterday with a major problem. The utility company Aqualectra cut off their power supply. The management was forced to meet with the utility company to negotiate a payment plan. Because of this situation, the management convoked a press conference to explain the hotel’s situation, the reason for the problem with Aqualectra and what the consequences are.
Mrs. Sue-Yan Marchena (Revenue Manager) and also Pascaline van Hoef (Operational Manager) attributed the hotel’s financial problems to the lack of airlift and also the debt the defunct local airline Dutch Antilles Express (DAE) left with the hotel when it was declared bankrupt.
The hotel has an occupation of between 35 to 40%, which is mainly from South America, particularly Venezuela. But the situation in Venezuela at the moment is becoming worse, which also affects the hotel. According to Mrs. Marchena, the fact that DAE does not exist anymore has a negative effect on the occupancy of the hotel, not only because of the airlift but also the debt the airline left behind. The company left a debt of almost one million guilders behind. Next to DAE there are also other airlines with problems, for example Tiara Air, which also has debts with the hotel.
When the power was cut off, there was only one family in the hotel. They asked to be transferred to another hotel. According to the managers the other guests were not in the hotel during the incident. The hotel management was able to resolve the issue very quickly.