COVID-19: Almost 700 hotels in Indonesia shut down
4 Apr 2020 20:38:17
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.
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