This hotel cafe is deserted as tourists stay away from mainland cities amid the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: AFP

Eight in 10 Chinese hotel rooms sit empty as coronavirus keeps travellers at home, spoiling Lunar New Year holiday week

  • Occupancy level was 22 per cent on January 24-26, versus 55 per cent on average during such festive weeks since 2015, STR says
  • Health scare also means fewer visits by mainlanders to US in 2020, US$5.8 billion potential loss in spending, forecast shows
Topic |   China travel
This hotel cafe is deserted as tourists stay away from mainland cities amid the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: AFP
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