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Hotel rooms nationwide well-booked for New Year

Staff writer, with CNA

Hotels around the nation are nearly fully booked for the four-day New Year holiday weekend from yesterday to Tuesday, hotel operators said yesterday.

“We’ve declined quite a few customers since our hotel rooms were fully booked months ago,” said Chen Kai-huang, a public relations manager at the 60-year-old Grand Hotel in Taipei.

Hotel rooms with good night views, especially views of Taipei 101 — which is scheduled to stage a fireworks show once the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve — were fully booked half a year in advance, Chen said.

“Some customers even made reservations last year right after they enjoyed our services,” she added.

The situation was similar in Greater Kaohsiung. The Crowne Plaza Kaohsiung E-Da World and E-Da Skylark Hotel, which are operated by the Kaohsiung-based E United Group, also saw a high demand for their rooms.

“Hotel rooms were fully booked a couple of months ago, with quite a few on the waiting list,” E United Group spokeswoman Marian Chiang (江惠頌) said.

With the fireworks show at E-Da World gaining popularity, customers chose to make reservations early, she said, adding that even the presidential suite has been booked.

Located in eastern Taiwan, the resort-style Farglory Hotel Hualien also saw a boom in its accommodation service business this weekend.

During the four-day weekend alone, the hotel is expected to see sales of about NT$10 million (US$344,500), with 90 percent of its hotel rooms booked, said Jannette Lee (李成麗), the hotel’s sales and marketing vice president.

Since a section of Suhua Highway, which collapsed earlier this year, was re-opened on Friday, more customers have been inquiring about hotel rooms, Lee added.

The highway running along Taiwan’s east coast links Suao to Hualien City.

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