High season begins for Hawaii hotels

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii hotel occupancy has risen sharply with the arrival of summer vacation season, the increase can be seen on all islands, and room rate discounting has become less extreme.

Waikiki is packed, and Oahu as a whole, still home to half the hotel rooms in the state, has 86% occupancy, which is 11 full percentage points better than last year, based on data from June 20-26.

Maui County hotels are 75% full and Kauai hotels are 76% occupied, better than Orlando and other popular mainland tourist markets, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday.

The Big Island usually has more excess hotel room inventory, but improved to 61% after months with more than half its rooms empty.

Hotel room rates averaged 1% more than year-before levels on Oahu and down slightly elsewhere.

National hotel occupancy for the same period was much lower than these figures, but still improved from year-before levels, Smith Travel Research LLC reported.

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