Hawaii hotel occupancy improves

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii hotel occupancy has hit 81 percent in the latest weekly report, an unusually strong winter load factor for any destination.

Oahu hotels, with half the rooms in the state, ran 87 percent full during the Feb. 6-12 period, and average room rates were 7.7 percent higher than the same time last year, Hospitality Advisors LCC reported Friday.

U.S. hotel occupancy was less than 55 percent in the same period, Smith Travel Research LLC reported Thursday. Occupancy was 72 percent in Los Angeles, 69 percent in Orlando and 66 percent in San Diego.

Maui hotels were 83 percent full with average room rates of $267 a night, roughly the same as at the same time last year.

Occupancy 68 percent on the Big Island, with an average room rate of $190 that was up 3 percent from last year, but Kauai occupancy fell to less than 64 percent, with an average room rate of $199, up 6 percent.

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