Split’s Le Meridien Lav Closes Doors, Decides to Keep All Staff

Lauren Simmonds

Coronavirus is sweeping through the world, and the Croatian tourism industry is taking a hit. One of Split’s most beloved hotels, Le Meridien Lav, has now made the responsible decision to close its doors.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 18th of March, 2020, despite the closure and the incredibly uncertain business situation caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, Split’s Le Meridien Lav hotel is determined to retain all of its employees.

Following the guidelines of the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Combating Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the proposals of the National Institute of Public Health and the Civil Protection Headquarters, primarily focusing on the safety and health of its guests and employees, the Le Meridien Lav Hotel in Split has decided to officially close its doors.

The hotel closes in this first phase between Monday the 23rd of March and the 15th of Apri,l 2020, noting that the hotel management will monitor the development of this unexpected situation and make future decisions accordingly.

“Responsible business, which is to put the health of our guests and employees first, has encouraged us to make the decision to close the hotel. Despite the huge losses we’re already seeing because of the cancellations from guests, congress’ and poor booking for the upcoming season, we consider this the only right decision. We’re determined to retain all of our employees who work at the hotel. We’ll do our best to keep it that way,” read a statement from Le Meridien Lav.

The hotel closed its luxury RE:CUPERA Wellness & Spa today. All future decisions will be made depending on the development of the coronavirus situation and depending on the challenges that the management of the hotel faces in the quickly approaching tourist season.

Le Meridien Lav is the only five star resort in the Split area, located in Podstrana, eight kilometres south of the City of Split. Le Meridien Lav boasts 381 units and a total of eleven state-of-the-art conference rooms covering an area of ​​2,500 square metres. Since back in 2015, it has been owned by the private Czech equity fund Odien Group, more specifically its subsidiary Odien Hotels N.V.

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