PETALING JAYA (April 30): Hotels that have been set up to open this year have all been postponed in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, said Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) CEO Yap Lip Seng. 

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He also foresees a decrease of 30% to 50% in hotel room supply up to 2021, Yap told today in response to the hotel supply data in the 2019 Property Market Report released by the Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH) yesterday.

The 2019 Property Market Report stated that 113 hotels (23,843 rooms) were in the incoming supply while there were 3,405 existing hotels across the country in 2019 offering some 267,290 rooms. There were also another 74 hotels (14,810 rooms) at the planned supply stage.

Citing MAH's recent survey, Yap said 15% of hotels in the country are expected to close permanently while another 35% will close temporarily indicating an immediate reduction of up to 50% in inventory. 

“Hotels set to open this year are all postponed. Our estimate would be a reduction of between 30%-50% up to 2021. And the best-case scenario recovery by mid-2021 will drive re-openings,” Yap shared.

In 2019, the hotel sector contributed 24% to tourism receipts in Malaysia or RM20.67 billion.

“This amount would be reduced at a minimum by 60% to 70% for 2020. On the ground, a more serious concern is the economic spinoff from the hotel sector.

“Hotel earnings in theory would benefit up to another seven levels down the line, from employees to suppliers, vendors, service providers, local businesses and so on, which mean losses to the Malaysian economy would be high,” he said.

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