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Hotels sell more rooms for New Year's

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii is getting its traditional New Year's tourism bump, and it's a little better than last year.

Hotel occupancy figures from Christmas week, and arrivals by air data for this week, show more visitors than at the same time in 2009.

Here's how hotel occupancy for the seven days to Sunday, as reported Friday morning by Honolulu-based Hospitality Advisors LLC, and compared to 35% occupancy nationwide as reported by Smith Travel Research LLC:

  • Oahu 76% full, down from the marathon and convention weeks just before but better than 74% a year ago, with room rates up 4% on average.
  • Maui 76% full, up from 53% the week before and five points better than last year, despite an average room rate of $322 a night.
  • Big Island 59% full, up from 39% the week before and three points better than last year, with an average room rate of $224, down 16% from last year.
  • Kauai 53% full, up from 38% the week before but down two points from last year, with an average room rate of $235, up 3% from year-before levels.

This week, Oahu and Maui have each been getting a thousand extra arrivals by air per day, and the state welcomed more than 15,000 arrivals Wednesday. And 5,600 people flew to Hawaii Thursday from Pacific nations. At this rate December arrivals will reach 700,000 and the annual visitor count should top 7 million.

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