A slower week for Hawaii hotels

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hotel occupancy across Hawaii eased last week, to levels roughly the same as last year at the same time, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday.

As a string of business and professional meetings ended, Oahu hotel occupancy, which had been 84 percent the week before, fell to 71 percent, one percentage point better than year-before levels. Room rates averaged 13 percent higher than year-before levels, however.

Maui County occupancy, 76 percent the week before, fell to 70 percent, one point better than a year ago, with rates up a third to $272 a night.

Kauai was also one point better than last year after falling from 62 percent to 60 percent full last week. Room rates, averaging $217 a night, were up 23 percent from last year.

On the Big Island, occupancy fell from 58 percent to 53 percent full last week, even with year-ago levels, and the average room rate of $180 a night was also roughly even with last year.

Improvement is expected when this week's numbers are reported next Friday, due to this week's Merrie Monarch hula activities in Hilo.

Nationwide hotel occupancy last week was 58 percent, with 70 percent occupancy in Los Angeles and 79 percent in Orlando, Smith Travel Research LLC reported.

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