HotelsOccupancy levels dip by almost one third amid ongoing protests

Hong Kong hotels at all-time low

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The absolute hotel occupancy level is the lowest for any month in STR’s Hong Kong database. Photo Credit: danielvfung/Gettyimages

SINGAPORE: Latest evidence on the impact of Hong Kong’s protest movement on hotel performance in the city has emerged with updated figures from STR.

After a prolonged period of overall performance growth, July hotel performance saw key metrics tumble  across the board: occupancy was down 4.2%, average daily rate (ADR) slumped 7.9% and RevPAR dipped 11.8%.

August accelerated the downward trend. STR's preliminary data for hotels in August reveals all-time low occupancy levels amid ongoing protests.

Based on daily data from the month, Hong Kong reported the following in year-over-year comparisons:

•    Supply: +1.5%
•    Demand: -28.8%
•    Occupancy: -29.8% to 63.9%
•    ADR: -21.0% to HKD1,086.16 (US$138.8)
•    Revenue per available room (RevPAR): -44.6% to HKD694.15 (US$88.6)

The absolute occupancy level is the lowest for any month in STR’s Hong Kong historical database.

According to Hong Kong financial secretary Paul Chan, tourist arrivals to the city fell nearly 40% in August after a roughly 5% decrease in July.

STR says prolonged protests could worsen Q3 performance significantly through final August numbers and softer-than-anticipated September results.

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