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Omicron Slows Rebound For Hotel Industry In NYC

The owner of Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotels announced Tuesday that it will switch to bulk-size bathroom amenities across the hotel group.

Hotel Week kicks off in New York City today in an effort to help the industry which is struggling once again due to the recent coronavirus surge. More guests were booking hotel rooms in the fall, signaling a recovery but when omicron hit about a month ago, the occupancy rate started falling and continues to fall. President of the Hotel Association Vijay Dandapani says tourists have been cancelling rooms.

“Business travel did not really pickup even in the uptick that we saw. These cancellations are all tourists who have the ability to cancel at the last minute.”

The organization that runs New York City tourism launched hotel week that runs through February 13th. Guests get a 22 percent discount at participating hotels.