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Hotel, arrivals stats show signs of recovery

By Howard Dicus - bio | email
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - There are green shoots of recovery in Hawaii's tourism industry in the latest hotel occupancy reports and current arrivals-by-air figures.
Most Hawaii hotels are now four fifths full, and room rate discounting is back down to single-digit percentages, according to Hospitality Advisors LLC.
Visitor arrivals appear to be close to last winter's levels with 10% more international arrivals, based on daily arrivals counts by the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.
And the airlines serving Hawaii read the situation positively, based on their announcements of extra flights to serve the islands this coming summer.
The newest weekly hotel occupancy report, issued Friday and covering Feb. 7-13, show hotels 65% full on the Big Island, 68% on Kauai, 82% in Maui County and 83% on Oahu. These figures are better than the mainland average and such rival tourist destinations as Orlando and Los Angeles.
Average room rates are still lower than last winter, but the discounting is less than before: 8% on Oahu, 7% in Maui County, 6% on Kauai and just 2% on the Big Island, Hospitality Advisors reported.
Since February began, Hawaii arrivals by air are within 98% of last winter, even though the same period last winter included the Pro Bowl. DBEDT reports international arrivals are up 10% from then.
Officials with the Hawaii Tourism Authority have said for months that it's all about airlift, pointing out that Hawaii's tourism slump did not begin after the financial crisis of summer 2008, but months earlier when Aloha Airlines and ATA Airlines collapsed over a three-day period, taking about a fifth of capacity out of the market including almost all of the discount seats.
Airlines have lately been adding capacity. Alaska Airlines says its current and coming flight expansions will put 12% of its total capacity into Hawaii corridors. United Airlines said Thursday it will add seasonal service from Chicago to Maui in June.
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