End of an era as Jordan landmark hotel to shut

Local | Erin Chan 5 Jun 2020

The Shamrock Hotel in Jordan will close down on June 15 after 68 years in business.

It will join 23 other establishments - one hotel and 22 guesthouses - which will cease operating amid the pandemic.

The Shamrock, on Nathan Road, will take last bookings on June 13, but guests, who must be holders of Hong Kong ID cards, must check out by June 14.

A staff member also said yesterday the last dinner will be served on June 14.

The hotel, which covers more than 9,000 square feet with a total gross floor area of over 100,000 square feet, has been marketed for sale by tender since last April.

Meanwhile, the occupancy rate at hotels fell by 52 percentage points year on year to 40 percent in the first quarter.

Alex Tsui Hau-lai, chairman of the Hong Kong Hotel Employees Union, said the union has not received any calls from its employees for assistance.

Tsui said that nearly 90 percent of hotels have requested staff to take no-pay leave.

"The government has put too much emphasis on mainland tourists to boost the local hotel sector, and the drastic decline of these tourist numbers has become more significant amid the pandemic," he said.

Tsui also said the government has done far from enough in terms of helping the sector.

"The government must implement a mechanism for hotels to handle the pandemic, as hotels are at high risk of infection," he said.

"It should also list coronavirus as a type of occupational disease so that employees can claim appropriate compensation and support when they are infected."

Michael Li Hong-shing, chairman of the Federation of Hotel Owners, criticized the government's low level of concern for the sector, despite each eligible hotel being able to apply for a one-off subsidy of HK$300,000 or HK$400,000 under the anti-epidemic fund.

"The subsidy doesn't mean the difficulties of our operations have been alleviated," he said. "Our expenditure on water, gas and electricity bills is also high.

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