Luxury hotels in Dhaka yesterday registered higher year-on-year Christmas sales despite the ongoing political turbulence.
Syed Yameenul Haq, director of sales at The Westin, Dhaka, said the hotel got “good” response in all of the day's programmes, with revenues up 10 percent from the previous year.
“Most city dwellers were fed up with the blockade-enforced confinement and were just looking for an excuse to dress up and celebrate,” he said, adding that the hotel raked in around Tk 6 lakh from ticket sales for its Christmas party.
Pan Pacific Sonargaon, another luxury hotel, also saw its revenues increase by half from previous year, said Salman Kabir, the hotel's public relations manager.
The hotel, which also held a Christmas party, sold around 1083 tickets for it this year, against 700 tickets last year, he said.
Rizwana Azam, public relation manager of Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel, Dhaka, said the hotel witnessed an “upward growth” in revenue this Christmas. The hotel organised a number of events such as the Christmas party, magic show, kid parties to celebrate the day.
Luxury and boutique hotels normally trade around Tk 10 lakh a day on average in Dhaka, with transaction figures hitting the Tk 1 crore-mark on Christmas days.