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Hotel occupancy undented by strike

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Waikiki hotels ran fuller last week despite a strike at Hilton Hawaiian Village, and occupancy also rose in Maui County, but fell on Kauai and the Big Island.

The figures released Friday by the research firm Hospitality Advisors LLC covered the seven days to last Sunday, and four of the five days of the Local 5 strike at the Village, which ended Monday night.

Oahu hotels averaged 80% full, one point better than the week before and three points better than the same time last year, with room rates up 2% from year-before levels.

Maui County hotels averaged 78% full, six points better than the week before and 17 points better than year-before levels, though room rates were down 6% from year-before levels.

The Big Island saw 57% occupancy, down six points from the week before and three points from the same time last year, with room rates down 1% from year-before levels.

Kauai occupancy edged one point lower to 64% last week - it was still one point better than the year-ago level - but room rates were down 11% from year-before levels.

Smith Travel Research reported the same level, 64%, as the national average occupancy rate for the period.

Arne Sorenson, president of Marriott International, told CNBC hotel room rates could be 10% higher next year, but said that would be nowhere close to the levels of 2007.

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