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

Enoch Yiu

Enoch joined the Post as a business reporter in 1996. Before that, she worked at a Chinese daily newspaper for four years. She is author of two books: 'They Mean Business: 50 exclusive interviews with Hong Kong top executives' and 'Serving with Passion: stories of established catering brands in Hong Kong'.

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Daniel Ren

Daniel Ren is the SCMP's Shanghai bureau chief. A Shanghai native, Daniel joined the SCMP in 2007 as a Business reporter.

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Louise Moon

Louise Moon joined the Post in 2017 and is a reporter on the Business desk. She has a master's in Mandarin from Edinburgh University and a master's in journalism from City University, London. Originally from the UK, she spent her teenage years growing up in Hong Kong which sparked her interest in China.