The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands reported 94.01 percent occupancy among its 12-member hotels for August 2013, an 11-percent increase compared to August 2012.
HANMI said 69,882 of 74,338 available room nights sold in August 2013, compared to 61,565 of 74,462 of available room nights sold over the same period last year. Room rates were $131.32 during the month, compared to $123.78 last August.
"2013 continues to be a banner year for the CNMI tourism market,” said HANMI vice chair Gloria Cavanagh. “Although the fall season brings in lower occupancy rates, we still anticipate growth in order to maintain our double digit growth rate for the year. It is fantastic to see new buildings going up and old buildings being improved. This is a sign of the optimism that our tourism economy is stirring.”
So far this calendar year, hotel occupancy is at an average 85.28 percent, 11 percent higher than last year. The number is slightly over a healthy industry indicator average of 80 percent occupancy.
“As a community, we have to understand the fragility of the tourism economy,” Cavanagh added. “Our competition is great. But if we work together to keep our islands clean and safe, we have a edge because of the natural beauty that is found in the CNMI.”
The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands was established in 1985 as a professional forum for the hospitality industry of the NMI. (HANMI)