The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands reported a 12% average occupancy rate among 10 member-hotels for March 2020. The figure reflects an 84% decrease for HANMI hotels compared to March 2019 and a 67% decrease in the number of total rooms sold.
A total of 8,764 of 73,300 available room nights sold during the month, compared to 114,866 of 221,125 available room night sold in March 2019. Average room rates were $145.76 compared to $140.39 last March.
“Prior to the announcement of our first two cases of COVID-19, we had been expecting arrivals back beginning on April 28. Although we have not yet received any confirmation as to whether this date has been moved, we must prepare for the worse,” said HANMI chair Gloria Cavanagh. “Today we focus on keeping our community safe and healthy. A couple of our hotel members have been tapped to help in the quarantining of both ‘persons of interest’ and ‘persons under investigation’ for COVID-19. Without their cooperation, the CNMI would be left with very limited options to segregate more potential spread. To our community, do your part, practice social distancing, good hygiene, and stay at home as much as possible. Let’s be #MARIANASSTRONG!”
Hotels included in HANMI’s monthly statistical report are Aqua Resort Club, Century Hotel, GrandVrio Resort Saipan, Fiesta Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Kanoa Resort Saipan, Kensington Hotel Saipan, LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort, Saipan World Resort, and Pacific Islands Club Saipan. Statistics from Aquarius Beach Tower, representing 43 rooms, are not included this month. (PR)