Hawaii hotel occupancy improves

By Howard Dicus

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hotel occupancy on Oahu rose to 91.5 percent for the seven days to last Sunday, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday.

The unusually high number may turn out to have been the high-water mark for the 2011 summer tourism season in Waikiki, where oceanfront hotels have been almost entirely full for weeks.

Occupancy was 64 percent on the Big Island, 73 percent on Kauai, and 77 percent on Maui last week. Room rates on the Big Island were down slightly from last week, though still close to $200 a night. On the other islands, rates were up 9 percent or more compared to the same week in 2010.

Nationwide hotel occupancy fell three points to 69 percent last week, Smith Travel Research LLC reported. Occupancy was 83 percent in Los Angeles and 66 percent in Orlando.

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