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Business Report: November tourism

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hospitality advisors has issued its wrap-up report on November hotel business. Statewide hotel occupancy was 63 percent, down from the previous year but not by much less than half a percentage point. But revpar, revenue per available room, was down 10 percent.

That's the story on a bumper sticker, but the full story is more complex. Oahu was almost three quarters full in November, better than the year before. The real decline, deeper than the statewide figures, was on the other islands.

November hotel occupancy was actually below 50 percent on both the Big Island and Kauai. Kauai revpar was down 22 percent. Maui county hotels were 58 percent full in November with revpar down 18 percent.

What saved November from being worse were two big conventions, dentists and Jehovah's witnesses, remember? And a spike in Japanese and Canadian visitors at a time when both the yen and the Canadian dollar were really strong.

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