Amidst the lockdown in Wuhan to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, Malaysians are saying it is the perfect time to go to Genting Highlands
A video showing an empty carpark directly outside of Maxims Hotel is going viral on Facebook
The 15-second-long video shows the outdoor carpark had only two cars when the carpark is usually swamped with vehicles going in and out.
As the camera pans over the surrounding, there is not a single person seen walking around - except for a worker dressed in a reflective vest.
"Not even a single shadow in Genting?" read the caption of the viral video
At the time of writing, the video was shared over 3,800 times with 111,400 views.
The video prompted many netizens to flood the comment section to say that it is the best time to visit Genting Highlands
"Best time (to visit Genting Highlands) is now! Your tables sure empty (sic)," an excited netizen said, tagging his friend in the comment.
"I was drinking at the bar street at 9pm last Saturday. It did not have as many people as before," another netizen commented.
A quick look on recent Instagram public posts also showed that many places in Genting Highlands were emptier than usual
The Wuhan coronavirus, officially named 2019-nCoV, has turned many Chinese tourist hotspots around the world into "ghost town" after Beijing issued a ban on group travel
According to The Edge Markets, the outbreak has caused Genting Malaysia Berhad's share price to tumble 12.5% over the past three weeks. In terms of market value, Genting and its other companies lost about RM3.39 billion in the same period as well.
The financial news portal noted that other casino players in the region are also suffering a similar effect from China's group travel ban.
In the wake of the outbreak, Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) anticipated that some tourist destinations in Malaysia will suffer as high as 60% drop in hotel occupancy rates: