The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands reported a 97.68-percent average occupancy rate among 12 member-hotels in February 2018.
This reflects a 2-percent decrease compared to February 2017.
Average room rates were still relatively strong at $185.63, compared to $169.03 last February.
A total of 71,976 of 73,685 available room nights were sold in February 2017, compared to 64,932 of 64,851 available room nights sold over the same period last year.
“In February, HANMI member-hotels saw a stabilization of average occupancy rates and a slight rise in average room rates, due in part to the demand of Lunar New Year holiday travel,” said HANMI chair Gloria Cavanagh. “This is an opportune time for hotels to make renovations and improve their facilities, as visitors are looking for modern amenities. At the same time, we are most anxious for a reprieve to our workforce uncertainties through the Northern Marianas U.S. Workforce Act now in the U.S. House. Without foreign workers, the tourism industry and the CNMI economy will collapse. This is foremost on our minds, and we continue to work with the local government, federal government, and other island businesses to resolve this issue.”
HANMI was established in 1985 as a professional forum for the hospitality industry of the NMI.
HANMI also makes regular charitable donations to support non-profit organizations and tourism-related government projects. (PR)