Hawaii hotels still fuller than mainland

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii hotels sold fewer rooms last week but occupancy remained higher than year-before levels, and room rates were higher.

Oahu hotels, 86 percent full Jan. 16-22, were 85 percent full Jan. 23-29, 14 points better than 71 percent during the same week in 2010, and room rates averaged $161 a night, up 14 percent from year-before levels, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday.

Maui hotels fell from 78 percent to 75 percent full last week, but that was still two points better than year-before levels, and the average room rate of $232 was 4 percent better than last winter.

Big Island hotels fell from 66 percent to 62 percent full, still a 10-point improvement from year-before levels, with room rates up 3 percent to $191 a night on average.

Kauai occupancy fell from 61 percent to 55 percent, one point better than last year at the same time, with average room rates up 12 percent to $211 a night.

For the seven days to last Sunday on the mainland, Los Angeles hotels were 70 percent full, Orlando hotels were 64 percent, and the national hotel occupancy rate was 52 percent, Smith Travel Research LLC reported Thursday.

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