The bump, which likely continued this week with thousands of chemists in town for a large convention, was 10 full points better than the same time last year, and average room rates were up 8% from then, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday.
It was a different story for neighbor islands, all of which experienced a continuing "shoulder season" with guest volume substantially lower than during the summer:
- Maui County: 54% full, one point better than the previous week and four points above the same time last year, with room rates 2% higher than last year but still substantially below $200.
- Hawaii County: 43%, same as the week before but 10 points better than last year, though room rates fell 8% from year-before levels to an average $156 a night.
- Kauai County: 42%, up from 38% the week before, and four points better than last year, with an average room rate of $166, down 3% from last year.
For the same period, the seven days to last Sunday, national hotel occupancy was 52%, with occupancy of 63% in Los Angeles and 65% in Orlando, Smith Travel Research LLC reported.