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Head of Howard Johnson: Occupancy rate has increased, but we cannot predict the trend yet

Head of Howard Johnson: Occupancy rate has increased, but we cannot predict the trend yet

Autor: Mirabela Tiron

17.04.2011, 23:50 14

Five-star Howard Johnson hotel in Bucharest, run by SoniaNăstase, ended the first quarter of this year with 20% higherrevenues on the food & beverage segment and a 10% higheroccupancy rate.

"In the first three months of this year we saw a rise in thevolume of operations against last year, which is of course apositive thing, but not enough to predict the trend of the comingmonths," said Sonia Năstase, general manager of the five-starhotel.

She is the first Romanian to run a five-star hotel in Bucharest,with all general managers of five-star hotels Intercontinental,Hilton, JW Marriott, Radisson Blu and Crowne Plaza being expats.Sonia Năstase took over at the helm of the hotel controlled byGabriel Popoviciu in October 2009.

Five-star Howard Johnson hotel operates 285 rooms on a marketwhere the accommodation capacity is 7,440 beds in four andfive-star hotel rooms, which account for 66% of the overallaccommodation capacity, according to a survey by hotel consultancyTrend Hospitality. Howard Johnson ended last year with 8 millioneuros in turnover, almost the same as in the previous year,according to hotel officials.

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