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New Year's over, hotel business resumes lower level

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The New Year's visitors have gone home and Hawaii hotels are back down to winter levels - but not as low as the same days last year.

In a week that saw U.S. hotels run an average 43% full, Big Island hotels averaged 54% full, and the other operating counties did even better. Hotels were 57% full in both Los Angeles and Orlando over the same days, Smith Travel Research LLC reported.

But room rates were not much changes on Kauai or the Big Island, so most of the financial improvement has been experienced by hotels on Oahu and Maui, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported.

Average occupancy and room rates, Jan. 2-8, compared to the same time a year ago:

  • Oahu 73% (+3) $183 (+13%).
  • Maui 67% (+7) $270 (+13%).
  • Big Island 54% (+8) $198 (-1%).
  • Kauai 55% (+5) $201 (+2%).

The first set of parentheses refer to percentage point increases from the same time last year. For example, Oahu occupancy was up, not 3%, but three percentage points, from 70% a year ago. The parenthetical changes to room rates are, however, expressed as straightforward percentages.

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