Mar 30, 2020
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This comes as standard average occupancy rate stood at 51% last month, down from the 83.1% registered in January, which witnessed little impact from the Covid-19 outbreak that was still primarily confined to China, reported The Business Times citing Singapore Tourism Board (STB) data.

The occupancy rate stood at 88.5% in February 2019.

While the average room rate in February increased by 2.3% year-on-year at $230 per night, the revenue per available room (RevPAR) dropped 41% year-on-year to $117.

 

Large hotels, which was defined by STB as those with over 300 rooms, seemed to be worst hit as occupancy rate fell 39.5 percentage points year-on-year to 51.4%. Their RevPAR also dropped 42.7% year-on-year to under $125.

Medium-sized hotels with 101 to 299 rooms were moderately affected, with occupancy rate dropping 35.4 percentage points to 52.1%, while RevPAR declined 36.3% to $114.

Small hotels, with up to 100 rooms, saw their occupancy rate drop 26.6 percentage points to 46.2%, while RevPAR fell 30% year-on-year to $71.

 

These figures came ahead of widespread border closures as well as national lockdowns across the globe since it was only in March that the World Health Organization declared Covid-19 as a global pandemic.

Covid-19 has affected over half a million people globally and killed over 24,000 since the virus emerged in late-December in Wuhan, China.

 

Eugenia Rosaline Shlaen at PropertyGuru edited this story. To contact her, e-mail eugenia@propertyguru.com.sg

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