The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands reported a 22% average occupancy rate among its 12 member-hotels in January 2022, compared to the 6% average occupancy in January 2021.
“January occupancy rates are a sharp drop from 35% average occupancy in December, and this is due to the omicron variant, which created a lot of uncertainty among travelers and caused a large number of booking cancellations and hesitancy to travel,” said newly elected HANMI chair Ivan Quichocho. “The good news is [that] February and beyond is looking considerably stronger for the Marianas. Barring no unforeseen plot twists from COVID, we are looking for continued incremental growth for the year. HANMI members currently have about 1,400 rooms open, and we are anticipating to open another 900 rooms over the next four months. ”
A total of 9,715 of 45,639 available room nights sold during the month. Average room rates were $134.14 compared to $146.08 last January.
Hotels included in HANMI’s monthly statistical report are Aqua Resort Club, Aquarius Beach Tower, Century Hotel, GrandVrio Resort Saipan, Fiesta Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Saipan, Kanoa Resort Saipan, Kensington Hotel Saipan, LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort, Saipan World Resort, Surfrider Resort Hotel, and Pacific Islands Club Saipan. The occupancy rates do not include venue rentals at Kanoa Resort Saipan for government COVID-19 quarantine accommodations.
HANMI was established in 1985 as a professional forum for the hospitality industry of the Marianas. HANMI also makes regular charitable donations to support non-profit organizations and tourism-related government projects. (PR)