The Jakarta Post
Apindo chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani said the hotel industry has been hit hard by the virus, with 698 hotels announcing they have shut down. (Shutterstock/FabrikaSimf)
The Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) says the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected tourism and the hotel industry.
Apindo chairman Hariyadi Sukamdani told tempo.co that the industry has been hit hard by the virus, with 698 hotels announcing they have shut down.
Hariyadi added that he believed the focus for now should be on how to recover from the pandemic. “If the virus cannot be controlled, we can’t do anything either,” he said.
He predicted that in the second quarter of 2020, the industry would experience its peak pressure. He also expressed regret about how the government seemed to be in discord over the pandemic.
On Monday, the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) said the country’s overall hotel occupancy rates had fallen to 30 to 40 percent since the outbreak started in January.
PHRI regional head in Batam Muhammad Mansur told The Jakarta Post that nine hotels in Batam had shut down between March 23 and 26, as their occupancy rates had plunged to below 5 percent.
Amid the crisis, a number of hotels in the country are providing a delivery service of dishes from their restaurants. They include Hotel Mulia Senayan, the Westin Jakarta, the Dharmawangsa Jakarta, the Ritz-Carlton Jakarta at Pacific Place, Hotel Tugu Malang in East Java, Horison Samarinda in East Kalimantan and Pesonna Hotel in Pekanbaru, Riau. (wng)
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