It is a difficult time for hotels and gastronomy. Where guests fail to show up, there is just not enough money to keep the business going in the long run. Especially privately run companies can hardly absorb the losses after months of closure. After the traditional Hessischer Hof had to close its doors permanently last year, the Fleming's chain, which is represented with several hotels in Frankfurt, is now also affected. Three hotels of the group will be permanently closed as of September 30.
The Flemings Conference Hotel Frankfurt, the Flemings Hotel Frankfurt-Messe as well as the Flemings Hotel Frankfurt-Hamburger Allee are affected. Since hardly any tourists and certainly no trade fair guests come to Frankfurt, which will change little in the next few months, there is no future for the three hotels, which have been closed for a long time anyway. The remaining six hotels, however, are to continue operating. The decision to close the three properties was made to "secure the future viability of the Flemings Hotels group of companies during the Corona pandemic and beyond", the company said.
A total of 65 employees will be affected by the closure of the properties in the Hausen, Bockenheim and Innenstadt districts. However, it is doubtful that the three Fleming's Hotels will remain the only hotels that will be forced to close due to the crisis. After all, the number of overnight stays in Frankfurt has dropped dramatically and has only recovered at a very low level, even due to the relaxation measures of the past weeks. It will probably be years before many business people, travellers, trade fair guests and exhibitors bring the hotels back to pre-pandemic occupancy levels.
In addition to the six remaining hotels, the corporate headquarters of Fleming's is also to remain in Frankfurt. Let's hope that this will remain the case in the long term.