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Hawaii hotel occupancy still improving

By Howard Dicus - bio | email 

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It is proving to be a busy winter season for Hawaii hotels, despite higher room rates than last year.

With national hotel occupancy steady at 50%, Hawaii hotels Jan. 16-22 ran 61% to 86% full, depending on the county, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday.

While Orlando hotels were 60% full, Kauai saw 61% occupancy, with an average room rate of $208 per night, and Kauai turned in the weakest local performance, down slightly from the same week in 2010.

While Los Angeles hotels were 67% full, Big Island hotels saw 66% average occupancy 14 points better than a year ago, with room rates up 6% to an average $188 a night.

Maui County hotels averaged 78%, five points better than a year ago, with room rates up 13% to an average $240 a night.

Oahu ran 86% full, up 10 points from a year ago, with room rates up 11%.

The good news came on the eve of Pro Bowl weekend - the game is returning to Hawaii this year.

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