Hotel occupancy in China plunges to record low following lockdown of cities

In a photo taken on FEb 16, 2020, a woman wearing a face mask looks at a shopping window in Beijing's central business district.
In a photo taken on FEb 16, 2020, a woman wearing a face mask looks at a shopping window in Beijing's central business district.PHOTO: REUTERS

Across China, hotels are shuttered or virtually empty. The coronavirus outbreak has decimated occupancy rates, which fell to a record low of 7 per cent as at Feb 9.

This is even worse than during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak when only 18 per cent of rooms were filled, according to data from global data and benchmarking firm STR.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 17, 2020, with the headline 'Hotels in China forced to close as visitor numbers plunge'. Print Edition | Subscribe