HANMI occupancy up 3 pct in June 2016


Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands chair Gloria Cavanagh, center, donates $1,000 to Northern Marianas Trades Institute chief executive officer Agnes McPhetres, second from right, on June 2, 2016. Pictured from left are NMTI director of Continuing Education & Workforce Development Ross S. Manglona, HANMI board member Wendi Herring, Cavanagh, McPhetres, and NMTI director of External Relations Vic Cepeda. (Contributed Photo)

The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands reported 86.98 percent occupancy among 11 member hotels for June 2016, a 3-percent increase compared to June 2015.

HANMI said 60,382 of 69,420 available room nights sold in June 2016, compared to 57,597 of 68,760 available room nights sold over the same period last year. Room rates were $126.94 during the month, compared to $119.19 last June.

“June was another strong month for our members, bouncing back from a decrease in May, and we’re optimistic about the rest of the year, especially with the commencement of new air service to the Northern Marianas,” said HANMI chair Gloria Cavanagh. “We are also looking forward to the representation of hoteliers now on the board of the Marianas Visitors Authority. The MVA is funded by hotel occupancy tax, and we believe keeping that funding intact for MVA use is in the best interest of all the Commonwealth.”

In June 2016, the MVA general membership elected Cavanagh, Hyatt Regency Saipan GM Nick Nishikawa, Pacific Islands Club Saipan executive administrative assistant Vicky Benavente, and incumbent Tan Holdings president Jerry Tan.

So far this calendar year, hotel occupancy is at an average 86.28 percent, equal to the same period last year. Also, average room rates have increased by 5 percent compared to the same period last fiscal year.

HANMI was established in 1985 as a professional forum for the hospitality industry of the CNMI. (PR)

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