Hawaii hotels: Big Island, Kauai fuller

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hotels filled up a little last week on Kauai and the Big Island, while occupancy fell a little on Oahu and Maui.

The report was seen as fairly good considering that the year-before comparison included last week's Spring Break period. Spring Break this year is still to come.

Hawaii County hotels were 60 percent full, three percentage points better than the week before and six points better than this time last year, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday. Average room rates plunged to an average $173 a night, roughly in line with Waikiki rates.

In the same April 3-9 period, Kauai hotels were 63 percent full, four points better than the week before and eight points better than the year before. Room rates were about the same as last year, averaging $212 a night.

Oahu fell four points to 73 percent and Maui fell two points to 74 percent, both slightly better than last year. Oahu room rates were up 10 percent from last year while Maui rates were up 3 percent to an average $265 a night.

The nationwide hotel occupancy rate for the same week was 62 percent, Los Angeles hotels were 72 percent full, and Orlando occupancy was 76 percent, Smith Travel Research LLC reported.

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