Hotel chamber estimates 74 percent occupancy for rest of month

A chamber representing Costa Rica’s hospitality industry released the results of a survey Tuesday in which hotel operators predicted that 74 percent of their rooms will be occupied over the rest of the month.

This survey by the Cámara Costarricense de Hoteles predict that beach hotels, especially in Puntarenas will be the most popular destination while hotels on the Caribbean and in the Central Valley will be the least popular.

The results of this survey are very similar to the results of another survey released last week by the Cámara Nacional de Turismo.

Also last week, officials of the chamber of hotels announced that they would be parting ways with the chamber of tourism.

However, the two factions appear to still be working together for now as a press release containing the results of the chamber of hotels’ survey was distributed by a spokesperson from the chamber of tourism.
In an email, that spokesperson said that the survey by the chamber of hotels is conducted every month and not specially designed for the current time and situation.

Both of the chambers conducted these polls by asking a certain number of hotel owners across the country what percentage of the rooms in their establishments they expect to be occupied in the final half of December. The chamber of hotels polled 104 hotel owners and the chamber of tourism polled 141.

Both surveys predicted that beach hotels, especially in Northern Puntarenas and Guanacaste will be the most popular destinations. Conversely hotels in Limón and in the Central Valley as well as urban hotels will be the least frequented establishments.

Even so, the survey results said that city hotel owners, who have the lowest expected numbers, will fill more than two-thirds of their rooms during the rest of the month.

The projections were: Caribbean, 69 percent; Guanacaste, 76 percent; northern zone, 77 percent; central Pacific, 72 percent; south Pacific, 71 percent; Puntarenas, 85 percent, and the Central Valley 71 percent.

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