HOTELS recorded an average occupancy of 82 per cent in May, down from 87 per cent in the same month last year. This reflected the onset of summer, which has traditionally been a low season for the hotel industry. According to the latest statistics from the Hong Kong Tourist Association (HKTA), high-tariff A hotels were the only category which improved their performance over last year, edging up two percentage points to 80 per cent. An increase in business travellers to the territory was largely accountable for the rise in business in deluxe hotels. Average room occupancy in high-tariff B hotels fell from 90 per cent to 84 per cent. The fall in Southeast Asian visitors caused a drop in occupancy in medium-tariff hotels, to 81 per cent from 91 per cent.