(Bloomberg) -- New York’s hotel industry is getting hammered.
With social-distancing measures keeping travelers at home, hotel occupancy plunged to 17% in New York City, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. The rates were similar in Boston and San Francisco, two other cities hit hard by the outbreak.
Overall, occupancy rates plummeted to 30% across the U.S. last week, according to a report provided to clients by lodging data firm STR.
Hotel companies including Marriott International Inc. and Hyatt Hotels Corp. are in the process of furloughing corporate employees, and one industry group is predicting that 1 million hotel workers will lose their jobs in the weeks ahead.
Hopes for a federal stimulus package boosted hotel stocks on Wednesday, along with airlines and cruise operators.
Dozens of hotels in New York City have closed, including the New York Hilton, the Four Seasons and the Baccarat Hotel, according to websites for the Midtown properties. Owners are seeking relief from lenders and tax collectors, said Vijay Dandapani, chief executive officer of the Hotel Association of New York City.
While banks have expressed willingness to work with commercial borrowers, the city’s Department of Finance has told the trade group it is unable to defer property taxes, Dandapani said.
Dandapani is also asking the city to adjust the amount of taxes due to reflect lower revenue during the first half of 2020. The Department of Finance didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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