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Manado needs to stop building
hotels: Association

The Manado chapter of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) said Sunday that Manado does not need any new hotels.

"With a total capacity of 2,000 rooms, the current hotels support the tourism industry in North Sulawesi – we don't need more hotels," said Paultje Kaunang, secretary of the PHRI's Manado chapter.

Paultje said the existing hotels had proven capable of handling all guests for the World Ocean Conference and the recent Sail Bunaken event.

"If there are too many hotels, the hotel industry will suffer," Paultje added.

Paultje said the average occupancy rate between January and August 2009 remained at 50 percent, far below the normal rate of 65 percent.

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