JOHOR BARU: As hotels here reel from cancellations brought on by the Covid-19 outbreak, senior executives from the industry spoke of an urgent need for the government to staunch the red ink that threatens to overwhelm their trade.

The executives say the only way for the industry to withstand the effects of the calamity of drastically reduced arrivals of tourists from China and the steep fall-off in weekend visitors from Singapore is to allow for a moratorium on a host of payments hoteliers have to make to the government and employees.

Assistant Front Office manager at New York Hotel, Mohamad Nurshafiq Zainudin, said the coronavirus outbreak has led to a tremendous drop in the hotel’s business.

“The number of guests visiting the hotel has dropped sharply up to 40 per cent of its capacity and the hotel’s revenue decreased 30 per cent compared to last year’s data report,” he said.