International Hospitality Enterprises confirmed the closure of seven hotels in its portfolio and the temporary lay-off of “a great part of its team,” estimated at about 1,000 people.
IHE President José M. Suárez said, “In the face of the global crisis caused by the coronavirus, and the economic impact and uncertainty that it generates for the tourism and hospitality industry in Puerto Rico, we are forced to make the difficult determination to temporarily terminate employment for a large part of the team that makes up the workforce of the hotels that IHE manages.”
IHE closed the Best Western Plus Condado Palm Inn & Suites, Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, Courtyard By Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort, Doubletree by Hilton San Juan, Hotel El Convento and La Concha A Renaissance Resort. IHE has an inventory of more than 1,300 rooms, of which 570 are suites.
In addition, it has two casinos: Casino del Sol and Casino del Mar.
Puerto Rico has been on a lockdown since Mar. 15, when Gov. Wanda Vázquez ordered a 24/7 citizen curfew and the closure of most island businesses such as restaurants, bars, casinos; including all beaches. The Executive Order that declared the emergency measure to curb the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 is in effect through Mar. 30.