Picture: 123RF/BRIAN JACKSON
Picture: 123RF/BRIAN JACKSON

Bengaluru – Hotel room revenue slumped 5.5% globally in February from a year earlier as the coronavirus outbreak brought the airline industry to a halt and travel bans hurt vacation plans, data from analytics firm STR showed on Friday.

STR, which runs a benchmarking platform for over 68,000 registered chains, groups and individual properties, said occupancy fell 7.8% across the hotel industry.

Revenue per available room (RevPAR) — a key metric for the industry — in Hong Kong fell 85.9% in February from a year earlier and 82.2% in mainland China, STR data showed earlier this week.

The highly contagious novel coronavirus that has exploded into a global pandemic has forced major hotel operators including Hyatt Hotels, Marriott and IHG to offer waivers on cancellations and changes in bookings for travellers in several countries and also shut hotels.

American hotel and travel industry executives met with US President Donald Trump on Tuesday to discuss a potential $250bn aid package, as thousands of hotel workers began furloughs due to the fast-spreading coronavirus.

IHG said on Friday demand for hotel rooms is at record lows.

Reuters