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Hawaii's hotel occupancy is on the rise

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The news continues to be encouraging on the tourism front. Hawaii's hotel occupancy rates grew 10.9% last week that is compared to the same week a year ago. According to hospitality advisors, Oahu maintained the highest occupancy rate at 86.7%, up 8.8%.

Maui had 76% occupancy, that was up a whopping 16.8%. Kauai recorded 69.6% occupancy, up 5.4% and the Big Island recorded 66.6% occupancy, up 11.5%.

Early this morning on sunrise Chamber of Commerce President Jim Tollefson talked to Howard Dicus on Hawaii's improving economy.

"I'm encouraged, I live in Waikiki and the street are full of people and they seem to be spending money, not as much as they should but they are spending money. I know the rates are still low at the hotels they are still suffering but the number are up and that is a good sign," said Tollefson.

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