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Hawaii hotel business slows

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hotel occupancy rates across the state have eased in the newest weekly report from Hospitality Advisors LLC.

Oahu and Maui hotels were about three quarters full while hotels were more than a third empty on Kauai and the Big Island during the March 8-14 period.

Oahu was 77% full, three points better than the same time last year, with room rates down 4% to an average $144 a night.

Maui County hotels were 73% full, five points better than year-ago levels, with room rates down 12% to an average $211 a night.

Kauai was 58% full, down six points from last year, possibly because room rates were 4% higher, to $196 a night. Kauai visitors increasingly stay in condo timeshares.

Big Island hotels were 54%, also down six points, with rates down 6% to $161 a night. The Big Island is expecting a rebound for Merrie Monarch in April.

For the same period, national hotel occupancy was 58%, plus two points from last year, with room rates down 2% to an average $98 a night, Smith Travel Research said.

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