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By Brenda Sommer

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (May 26, 2001 - Pacific Daily News)---Last month’s 8 percent increase in tourist arrivals translated into a 2 percent increase in average occupancy rate for Guam hotels, according to Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association statistics released yesterday.

There were three fewer hotels reporting occupancy figures, and a 7 percent decline in room nights available for sale between April 2000 and last month. Room nights sold decreased by 4 percent, from 153,327 in April 2000 to 147,164 last month.

The GHRA report said Guam Visitors Bureau’s count of arrivals from Japan were down 3 percent during April, but are up 5 percent year-to-date over 2000 figures. Visitor arrivals by military ship visits are now being included in visitor arrival counts.

Average hotel occupancy rose to 62 percent in April from 60 percent during the same month last year, the statistics show. Year-to-date figures were also on the rise, from 54 percent occupancy at this point in 2000, to 68 percent year-to-date last month.

The local government’s collection of April 2001 room occupancy tax dipped by 2 percent to $1.581 million, from $1.609 million in April 2000. Gross receipts tax payments last month were down 1 percent to $1.154 million, from $1.161 million in April last year, the association statistics show.

The average hotel room rate was up 3 percent to $100, compared to $97 in April 2000.

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