Waikiki hotel occupancy eases

By Howard Dicus

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hotels on Oahu, including those in the fabled Waikiki tourist district, have seen occupancy fall five percentage points in one week on lower Japan arrivals.

For the seven days to last Sunday, Oahu occupancy was 79%, down from 84% the week before and one point lower than the same time last year, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday. Average room rates were 8% higher than last year.

Kauai hotels were 59% full, Big Island 62% full, and Maui County 83% full, all higher than last year, reflecting the fact that Japanese visitor traffic is a small component on neighbor islands while U.S. mainland visitor traffic is up 15% to Maui and up 22% to the Big Island, compared to last year.

For the same period, U.S. hotel occupancy was 65%, Smith Travel Research LLC reported.

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