Puerto Rico's hotels expect 93 pct occupancy during Holy Week

San Juan, Mar 27 (EFE).- Puerto Rico will achieve a hotel occupancy rate of 93 percent during Holy Week, the director of the Puerto Rican Tourism Company, or CTPR, Ingrid Rivera, said Wednesday.

"The trend in hotel occupancy for Holy Week is solid, in accord with the expected behavior for this season in Puerto Rico," Rivera said in a statement.

In January, authorities registered a 16.6 percent increase in room taxes on the island compared with the same month the year before, a total of $6.5 million, as a result of the increase in occupancy and the stabilization in hotel rates, Rivera said.

The amount collected from room taxes totaled $34.4 million during the first seven months of the fiscal year, that is to say through Jan. 31, $3.1 million more than during the same period last year.

"Our projections are very positive and we know that at the conclusion of this season we will have excellent hotel occupancy, which combined with the increase registered in the collection of room taxes will give a significant push to the tourist industry," Rivera said.

Each year, Puerto Rico welcomes about 1.5 million tourists, not counting the people who come to the island on one-day visits on cruise ship stops. Counting the cruise visitors, a total of about 4 million tourists visit the U.S. commonwealth annually.