Macau Legend Development Ltd, the Hong Kong-listed casino service, has suspended operations at two of its three hotels at Macau Fisherman’s Wharf, a waterfront entertainment complex on the Macau peninsula.
Casino hotel Legend Palace Hotel and Rocks Hotel, located next to Babylon Casino, are both properties the Macau Government of Tourism named in the announcement on Saturday, but there was no mention of how long the suspension would last.
Because of lack of visitors, the tourism office cited commercial decisions by management as a reason for several of the city’s hotels and guesthouses to suspend operations since last week.
With impact from midnight on February 5, hotels at casino resorts were not protected by a 15-day closure order–to prevent the spread of a novel coronavirus infection–issued to the 39 active casino venues in town. Nevertheless, hotels around the city are facing a steep drop in visitors as visitor arrivals to Macau have declined sharply due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic that emerged in mainland China, and steps introduced to prevent the outbreak from spreading.
As of Sunday, according to the Macao Government Tourism Office at least six hotels located in complexes with casinos had temporarily suspended operations. Another non-gaming hotel and a total of 15 other providers of lodging–including 2-star hotels and guesthouses–had suspended operations, too.
Casino hotel Altira Macau, owned by Melco Resorts and Entertainment Ltd, was not directly mentioned by the office. Nonetheless, a notice on the website of the property reported that “Altira Macau will temporarily close from 10 February until further notice in order to curb the spread of the new strain of coronavirus”.
The note added that hotel reservations “from now until 29 February 2020″ could be “rescheduled or refunded without any additional charge”.
Macau Legend posted a notice on Legend Palace Hotel’s respective official online booking platform saying the property was “unavailable” from 10 to 19 February.
Rocks Hotel’s official online booking tool also revealed that the property is “unavailable” from 10 to 29 February for reservation.
Harbourview Hotel is the third hotel located at Macau Fisherman’s Wharf. The official online reservation website showed regular booking operations.
A Friday afternoon Macau-government briefing on the situation of coronavirus in the city had heard that one more local hotel–Sofitel Macau at the Ponte 16 casino complex in the district of Inner Harbor on the peninsula of Macau–was temporarily closing, adding to three casino hotels in Sands China-promoted Cotai properties that were temporarily shut down from Friday.
For the remainder of the month of February, a variety of hotels located in casino complexes do plan to reschedule or offer a no-penalty refund on any booking during their rooms.