Survey: Hawaii tourism continues to recover

HONOLULU (AP) - A hotel, tourism and real estate consulting services firm says a new survey shows Hawaii's tourism industry continues to recover from the economic recession.

Hospitality Advisors LLC said Monday that its survey found statewide hotel occupancy averaged 75.7 percent in August, a 6.3 percent increase over August 2009.

It says the average daily room rate rose by 1.8 percent to $181.49 for August.

The firms says the rate increase combined with the occupancy gains to lead to an 11.1 percent increase in Hawaii's room revenues per available room, or RevPAR, to $137.39.

Hospitality Advisors says August results capped a relatively strong summer for 2010 compared with last year's weak summer season due to the severe economic downturn.

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