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Jakarta Post

Hotel occupancy hit hard by coronavirus

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, March 7 2020   /  01:55 am

The COVID-19 coronavirus has hit the hotel industry hard with occupancy rates well down on the seasonal average across Indonesia, an industry group has said.Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) secretary-general Maulana Yusran explained that the country's overall occupancy rate had fallen below the regular low season average of 50 to 60 percent to 30 to 40 percent since the outbreak of the coronavirus in China in early January.Occupancy rates at some hotels have dropped as low as 20 percent after Indonesia confirmed its first two cases last Monday. Maulana said Bali, Jakarta, Manado in North Sulawesi and Batam and Bintan in Riau Islands were currently the worst-hit areas."We can [even] see it over the last two days. [Hotel occupancy] has taken a battering," he told reporters after a meeting with the Trade Ministry in Jakarta. "Occupancy rates have everywhere have dropped as...