Sri Lanka hotel occupancy rates down

Jan 29, 2013 (LBO) – Occupancy rates at Sri Lanka’s hotels had slipped across star categories in November 2012 from a year earlier, worsening from October despite arrivals going up, official data show. Sri Lanka full year tourist arrivals rose 17.5 percent to 1,005,605 in 2012.

The average occupancy rates of hotels tracked by the state tourism office fell to 76.2 percent in November 2012 from 90.3 percent a year earlier. In October occupancy fell to 73.2 percent from 80.8 percent.

The number of hotels tracked by the tourist board rose to 269 from 252 in 2011, with uncategorized hotels rising to 155 from 139.

In November 2012 occupancy in 5-star hotels fell to 76.4 percent from 90.2 percent a year earlier and occupancy in 4-star hotels fell to 75.7 percent from 91.7 percent.

At 3-star hotels occupancy fell to 77.4 percent in November from 88.8 percent as year earlier, and 2-star hotels to 77.4 percent from 89.1 percent.

At 1-star hotels occupancy fell to 75.3 percent from 90.3 percent. At unclassified hotels occupancy fell to 77.9 percent to 91.8 percent.