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Hotel occupancy rate drops from last year: bureau


The average occupancy rate at the nation's tourist hotels for the first six months was 65.87 percent, down 3.15 percent from the previous year, while the average price rose 3.91 percent to NT$3,246 (US$99) per day, a Tourism Bureau official said on Friday.

Quoting bureau statistics released on Thursday, the official said the average occupancy rate of international tourist hotels was 67.03 percent, down 3.34 percent from the same period last year. The average occupancy rate of ordinary tourist hotels, meanwhile, was 59.87 percent, down 1.39 percent.

The official said the summer peak travel season had not revived the low hotel occupancy rates, adding that in some areas the average occupancy rate last month had been as low as 50 percent of that of last year.

The average room rate for international tourist hotels was NT$3,422, an increase of NT$159, while that for ordinary tourist hotels was up NT$23 to NT$2,224, the official said.

Average occupancy rates for tourist hotels in the Taichung area dropped 14.76 percent. Among these, the occupancy rate at international tourist hotels decreased 18.11 percent, while that for ordinary tourist hotels increased 53.1 percent. Average room prices for the area's international hotels dropped 3 percent, while those for ordinary hotels decreased 25 percent, contributing to the increase in the occupancy rate, the official said.

The Miramar Garden Taipei hotel had the highest occupancy rate in Taipei City, at 91.64 percent, followed by the city's Cosmos Hotel and Kilin Hotel, the official said.

The Monarch Plaza Hotel in Taoyuan County enjoyed the nation's highest occupancy rate at 93.73, while the Parkview Hotel in Hualien County had an occupancy rate of only 59.53 percent, the highest rate in that area.

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