Quarantine hotel room rates increase by up to 82%

Quarantine hotels in Hong Kong have been overwhelmed until the end of August and the room rate is seeing a strike of up to 82% compared to last year.

This came after the return of students studying abroad ahead of the summer holidays, while more citizens plan to travel to Japan, Thailand and Korea as the border reopens.

Compared to the fourth round of designated quarantine hotels last summer, the eighth round (August 1 to October 31) saw almost a third of quarantine hotels raise their rates by more than 50%, including JEN at Sai Wan charged 82.3% more from HK$498 to HK$908 per night.

The second highest price increase was for CM+ hotels and serviced apartments, which increased from HK$1,800 to HK$3,200 per night, an increase of 77.8%.

Only one of the 31 hotels with the two towers, Dorsett Kwun Tong, reduced its room rates from HK$800 to HK$790 per night. Meanwhile, two hotels, One-Eight-One and Metropark Hotel Kowloon are maintaining their room rates at HK$1,964 and HK$580 respectively.

According to the government’s website, the number of vacant rooms in hotels designated for the eighth quarantine cycle is currently tight, with only a few rooms remaining in most hotels in August.

Trip.com said since the government announced the list of hotels in round eight on June 16, nearly 80,000 visitors searched the website in the first three days, 30,000 of whom made a reservation. . Nearly half of reservations were made on the first day of June 17, a record for single-day quarantined hotel reservations.

The latest data suggests that the peak period for stays is from August to September, while a significant increase has also been recorded in air ticket bookings to Hong Kong, mainly from the United Kingdom. United, United States, Australia and the Philippines.

An industry player said the main reason for skyrocketing room rates was increased operating costs as the government requires air purifiers in every room and every floor. At the same time, hotels must also increase the number of reception staff.

As hotels must provide guests with three meals, food costs could increase by more than 10%. Therefore, the cost would ultimately be passed on to customers.

He also said scalping of quarantined hotel rooms does exist, but the actual operation is difficult, so these would likely be isolated incidents.

He added that hotel rooms were scarce every summer and have now become a problem of high social demand, calling on the government to increase more hotels for the quarantine.

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