One of Thailand’s major fuel retailers, PTT Plc, is to expand its service station offerings with plans to open large budget hotels at around fifty gas stations over the next five years.
PTT, which has a national network of around 1,400 sites, has yet to choose the hotel chain that will be responsible for developing the project. Construction of the hotels, which are said to have up to 70 rooms each, is due to commence in 2017.
Auttapol Rerkpiboon, PTT’s senior executive vice-president for oil business, informed that the company had identified 50 gas stations with potential to develop hotels, according to reports in local daily the Bangkok Post.
The target group is frequent travellers that need accommodation on each trip, such as salespersons and others. PTT would consider making special packages for those groups, according to Rerkpiboon.
PTT’s budget hotels at gas stations are expected to include 24 hour food and beverage supplies from convenient stores and coffee shops within the service station area.