Hotel occupancy lowest in recorded history, says HANMI

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THE Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands’ hotel occupancy rate is at its lowest ever since HANMI started tracking occupancy in 1992.

HANMI, in a statement Thursday, reported less than 20% percent “unweighted average occupancy rate among 11 member hotels as of last week.”

“The extremely low average is a result of the impact of Covid-19 on travel to the Marianas,” HANMI added.

“The visitor industry is bleeding right now, and the whole community can feel it,” HANMI chairwoman Gloria Cavanagh said.

“Some of our members have cut work hours by almost 50%, and government austerity may become even more drastic,” she added. “The best thing we can do to keep ourselves and our community safe is to take the public health advice; stay home if we are sick, avoid physical proximity with those who are sick, wash our hands thoroughly and frequently, and avoid touching our eyes, nose, and mouth. This is a very practical way everyone can help our tourism economy, by limiting the spread of germs.”

HANMI said a survey of its members “shows some hotels are in the planning stage of laying off employees, closing entire wings, closing restaurants, and suspending contracts for outsourced services.”

Preliminary projected occupancy rates made last week for April are around 20% in light of additional flight cancellations from Korea, adding to a complete suspension of flights from China since Feb. 1, 2020, HANMI added.

Cavanagh said the percentage may decrease as hotels continue to receive room cancellations.

Hotels included in HANMI’s 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, Surfrider Resort, and Pacific Islands Club Saipan.

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