The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands reported a 94.45-percent occupancy rate among its 12 member hotels for February 2013, an 8-percent increase from February 2012.
A total of 63,520 of 67,256 available room nights were sold in February 2013, compared to 60,552 of 69,658 of available room nights sold over the same period last year. Room rates were $117.94 during the month, compared to $105.54 last February.
"Ninety-four percent occupancy is the highest rate HANMI has seen since 1997. We continue to see strong recovery in the industry driven by increased flights, especially from China,” said HANMI chair Nick Nishikawa. “To capitalize on this growth, we must continue as service providers and a community to provide a high level of service and hospitality that will give visitors a positive experience while [on] our islands.”
So far this calendar year, hotel occupancy is at an average 92.75 percent, 7 percent higher than last year.
The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands was established in 1985 as a professional forum for the hospitality industry of the NMI. (HANMI)