The Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands reported 95.18 percent occupancy among 11 member hotels for January 2016, a 4-percent increase compared to January 2015.
HANMI said 68,132 of 71,579 available room nights were sold in January 2016, compared to 65,091 of 71,424 available room nights sold over the same period last year. Room rates were $161.85 during the month, compared to $159.42 last January.
“We are very close to setting a new record for hotel room rates, a level we haven’t seen since before the Asian economic crisis in the 1990s,” said HANMI chair Gloria Cavanagh. “As I’ve said before, our members have a proven track record of building—and now rebuilding—the tourism economy in our community. We’d like to see the government give our member hotels with expiring public land leases the opportunity to stay in business by offering the opportunity to negotiate new leases. As the data shows, it works for the CNMI.”
HANMI was established in 1985 as a professional forum for the hospitality industry of the NMI.