The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands reported an 87.92% average occupancy rate among its 11-member hotels for June 2019. The figure reflects a 5- percent increase for HANMI hotels compared to June 2018.
However, due largely to the closure of Mariana Resort & Spa in September and the closure of Coral Ocean Golf Resort since October due to Super Typhoon Yutu, the actual number of rooms sold in June 2019 compared to June 2018 has dropped 8 percent, as 60,860 of 69,223 available room nights sold in June 2019, compared to 66,921 of 78,894 available room nights sold over the same period last year.
“While the average hotel occupancy rate is higher than last year, the actual number of rooms sold is lower,” said HANMI chair Gloria Cavanagh. “We continue to seek the opportunity to renew public land leases for our major hotel members on public land, Fiesta Resort & Spa, which has only two years left to operate, and Hyatt Regency Saipan, which has two and a half years. This will assure continued revenue for the Commonwealth and help bolster confidence in our destination by both visitors and investors.”
Average room rates were at $135.17 compared to $135.41 last June.
Hotels included in HANMI’s monthly statistical reports 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, and Pacific Islands Club Saipan.
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)