Hotel occupancy reported to be lower than last year

Hotel occupancy numbers for the month of October fell in comparison to last year, according to a survey by researchers at the Cámara Costarricense de Hoteles.

The survey reports that hotels were 38.1 percent occupied in October 2012, which is almost 4 percent less than in 2011.

The Caribbean and the northern zone saw the greatest reductions. These two areas lost between 8 and 12 percentage points. Also city hotels loss 7.9 percent of occupants, and mountain hotels lost 5.3 percent of occupants, the survey said.

Two-star hotels lost 2.3 percent of occupants, and three-star hotels lost almost 9 percentage points, the chamber reported, adding that hotels with between 21 and 50 rooms lost 7.6 of customers as opposed the to the 3.5 percent lost by hotels with more than 100 rooms.

Puntarenas was the only region to receive an increase, and beach hotels saw a slight increase of .4 percent.

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