Hawaii hotel occupancy eases

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii hotel occupancy last week ranged from 77 percent on Oahu to just 57 percent on the Big Island, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday.

Despite much lower arrivals from Japan - fewer than 2,000 on Tuesday and Thursday - Oahu hotels remained 77 percent full for a second week, with room rates 7 percent higher than at the same time last year. Oahu has about half the hotel rooms in the state.

Maui was 76 percent full, down from 81 percent the week before and down slightly from the same time a year ago, but room rates remained 5 percent higher, averaging $278 a night, by far the highest of the four operating counties.

The Big Island was steady at 57 percent full, with an average room rate of $186 a night that was down 11 percent from the same time last year. Hawaii County hotel occupancy has for years lagged the other counties.

Kauai hotels were 59 percent full, down four points from the week before and down two points from the same time last year, but room rates were up 10 percent to an average $235 a night.

The Big Island and Kauai came in below the national average hotel occupancy rate, which Smith Travel Research LLC reported as 61 percent. Occupancy was 70 percent in Los Angeles and 75 percent in Orlando.

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