Hotel occupancy rates dropping following tsunami

Kelly Sanders
Kelly Sanders

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Normally, the Sheraton Waikiki hotel would be gearing up for a busy and prosperous summer stretch, but the only "reservations" some visitors seem to have are about coming here at all.

Kelly Sanders, general manager of the Sheraton Waikiki said the decline has been dramatic.

Sanders expects his property to be down 30 percent from projections made before the Japanese crisis.

Numbers are also being closely watched by the state.

Mike McCartney, president of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, said Hawaii is down about 22 percent in Japanese arrivals.

"There's 13 flights a day and we've been monitoring those flights," McCartney said. "Were still about 3,000 visitors coming in but it has slowed down significantly."

McCartney says next month arrivals from Japan are expected to drop an astounding 45 percent.

But at the Sheraton, thanks to domestic visitors, their projections are considerably better and improving.

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