With the implementation of another Movement Control Order (MCO) this year, businesses are again expected to lose all revenue streams, especially for tourism industry when all interstate travels are now restricted.
Hotel industry that has been hit hard by the pandemic will not be able to retain its people or pay salaries with little or no revenue at all. Hotels have no option but to let go of its employees.
However, a hotel manager in Penang, Jeffrey Lim decided not to let go of his employees. He is trying his best to sustain the business amid travel restriction by selling the company’s F&B offerings by the roadside.
Red Rock Hotel Manager,Jeffrey Lim was found standing outside the hotel’s building while holding a placard written: “RM3 ONLY.”
As reported by Bernama TV, Red Rock Hotel manager Jeffrey Lim is forced to find other sources of income since there are no hotel bookings during the MCO period.
He was found standing outside the hotel’s building along Macalister Road, Penang while holding a placard written: “RM3 ONLY.” Some of the food on sale include fried rice, chicken rice and noodles.
Jeffrey together with his staff works together as a team by the roadside preparing food like how hawkers do. The staff are donning chef’s uniform, professionally preparing the food – but in a different setting which they have to get used to.
According to him, they managed to sell 150 packers of food in just three hours from 7 AM to 10 AM on the first day of sale.
He did it to help the hotel to survive during Covid-19 and to ensure all of his staff are paid
For Jeffrey, in this desperate situation, he could not give up. As a hotel manager, he is very much involved in the process and he is not ashamed to stand by the roadside and promoting the food.
Jeffrey said he did it to help the staff, to help the hotel to survive during Covid-19. “We have to do our best to ensure the hotel sustains as it is our source of income. We cannot rely much on the government because there is not much help for the hospitality industry,” he said.
Some hoteliers expressed their concerns regarding the current MCO where they believe if this goes on any longer, it is only a matter of time before more hotels cease operations. As it is, many are already finding it extremely difficult to just survive.