21 Dec '11, 1pm

S'pore hotels see strong bookings this holiday season

SINGAPORE: As the countdown begins to Christmas Day and the New Year, hotels here are riding on the mood to celebrate. They're enjoying an increase of between five and 30 per cent in occupancy, compared with last year. It's still early and quiet on the hotel front, but the action will pick up when the party begins, as locals and foreigners head for the hotels to wind down and celebrate. Those in Marina Bay and Sentosa said occupancy rates have increased by as much as 30 per cent. A few are running on full capacity from Christmas Day to the middle of January, due to an increase in the number of tourists, as well as locals who prefer to take what's called "staycations". Ernawati Setijo, director of marketing communications at Marina Mandarin Singapore, said: "We see about 5 per cent increase year-on-year and as for the average room rate in 2011, we are posting a positive inc...

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