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Hawaii hotel occupancy improves

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Waikiki hotels remain fairly full as vacation season nears, while neighbor island hotel occupancy is improving only incrementally so far.

For May 8-14, a period after Golden Week visitors had flown here to Japan, Oahu occupancy fell one tenth to 72 percent full, still one point better than the same time last year. Room rates averaged 13 percent better than year-before levels.

Maui County occupancy rebounded two points to 61 percent, about the same as last year, but with room rates up 15 percent from then, to an average $220 a night.

Kauai still lagged, with occupancy flat at 53 percent, down 10 percentage points from the same time last year. The average room rate of $192 a night was up 10 percent from then.

Big Island occupancy rose three points to 49 percent, five points better than year-before levels, with room rates down 10 percent from last year, to an average $168 a night.

For the same period, Smith Travel Research LLC reported nationwide hotel occupancy of 63 percent, up three points from the previous week - Orlando had the same 63 percent occupancy - while occupancy was 73 percent in Los Angeles.

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U-S 63%(60%) L-A 73% ORL 63%.

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