The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands reported 91.05 percent occupancy among its 12 member hotels for January 2013, a 6-percent increase from January 2012.
“Last month we saw the highest occupancy rate since 1997 and the highest hotel rate since 1998. This is a very positive sign of recovery in the industry,” said HANMI chair Nick Nishikawa “However, we should not sit back and be satisfied. We must continue to improve our islands by cleaning up our tourist sites and villages, ensuring the safety of our visitors, and making visitors feel welcomed. We are grateful to those community groups, government offices, businesses, and individuals who are already doing this.”
A total of 67,794 of 74,462 available room nights were sold in January 2013, compared to 63,586 of 74,462 of available room nights sold over the same period last year. Room rates were $128.53 during the month, compared to $124.02 last December.
In 2012 HANMI initiated a private-public partnership with the Marianas Visitors Authority and other private entities for the rehabilitation of the Mt. Tapochau viewing summit, a project expected to be completed this month.
The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands was established in 1985 as a professional forum for the hospitality industry of the NMI. (HANMI)