Emptiest week of the year for N.I. hotels

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The week after Thanksgiving turned out to be the softest hotel week of 2010, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday.

Kauai hotel occupancy fell to an astonishing 38% as neighbor island resorts took it on the chin at the bottom of the off-season. That 38% was eight points lower than last year at the same time and nine points lower than the previous week.

Big Island hotels were 43% full, down from 50% the previous week but five points better than last year at the same time.

Maui saw occupancy plunge from 70% to 53% last week, slightly better than last year.

Oahu, immune to most downturns, held fast at 70% full, about the same as last year.

Nationwide hotel occupancy was 50% during the same period, Smith Travel Research LLC reported.

These figures cover the seven days to last Sunday, the week before Honolulu Marathon runners began to arrive in Honolulu. The run is this weekend. A survey of participants found an increasing number of runners plan neighbor island trips after the race.

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