Stats: Protests Cause 20% Drop in Hong Kong Bookings

Protesters occupy the roads near the Legislative Council building and the Central Government building during the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong.
Protesters occupy the roads near the Legislative Council building and the Central Government building during the anti-extradition bill protest in Hong Kong. // Photo by AP Photo/Vincent Thian via Newscred

The protests in Hong Kong have led to a dramatic short-term drop in flight bookings from Asia, according to a new report from ForwardKeys. Based on the company’s analysis of over 17 million flight bookings, the demonstrations have caused a 20.2 percent stall in flight bookings from Asia for the eight-week period from June 16 to August 9, a period which includes a general strike on June 16, the siege of police headquarters, the storming of the Legislative Council building on July 1 and a city-wide strike that caused a number of flight cancellations and light rail disruptions

From June 16 – 29, bookings fell 9 percent, ForwardKeys said, followed by a decline of 2.2 percent from June 30 – July 13. Over the following 27 days, from July 14 – August 9, bookings fell even further, by 33.4 percent. ForwardKeys said that the protests have reversed a positive travel trend that saw bookings rise 6.6 percent for the first six and a half months of the year versus the previous year. 

ForwardKeys noted that the bookings data excludes China and Taiwan because a fall in bookings from those destinations in the latter part of June could also be explained by the timing of the Dragon Boat Festival, which fell 11 days earlier this year than it did in 2018.


Like this story? Subscribe to Daily News & Deals!

Featuring breaking news on the latest product launches, deals, sales promotions, and executive appointments. Be sure to sign-up for this free industry daily newsletter.

“The situation in Hong Kong has deteriorated substantially in the past eight weeks and particularly so in the past four,” said ForwardKeys Spokesperson David Tarsh in a written statement. “During June and early July, ForwardKeys saw no decline in long-haul bookings to Hong Kong; however, that is no longer the case.”

Tarsh said that from June 16 to August 9 long-haul bookings to Hong Kong are down 4.7 percent year-over-year, and he also noted that the data does not yet include the events of this week, when protestors have shut down Hong Kong’s airport entirely. The airport has been shut down for Monday and Tuesday as thousands of protestors occupy the terminal building and blocked gates; a number of airlines have issued travel waivers for customers affected by the situation. 

Related Stories

Stats: Travel to, Within U.S. Hits Nine-Month Low

Stats: Tourism Up 8 Percent In Peru

Stats: Tourism Up 13.5 Percent in Yucatan State

Stats: 73% of Young Business Travelers Want Free Time on Their Own

Suggested Articles:

Victor Betro, who started his Kempinski career at the Aqaba hotel in 2011, returns as general manager. Read more here.

Rabot Eco-Escape, formerly the Boucan by Hotel Chocolat, will be reopening on September 1. Here's what guests can expect.

Domestic outdoor destinations are the most desirable for the remainder of 2020, according to recent research by MMGY Myriad. Read more here.