Hawaii hotel occupancy eases

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Oahu hotels were 83 percent full last week and charging an average 18 percent more than at the same time a year ago, but business was slacker on other islands, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday.

After rising to 86 percent, 87 percent and 90 percent over three weeks, Oahu hotel occupancy fell back to 83 percent last week, but that was still two percentage points better than the same week in 2012, and with substantially higher room rates.

Maui County hotels fell three points to 82 percent full last week, also two points better than year-before levels, but the average room rate of $266, while still the highest of the four operating counties, was up only 4 percent from year-before levels.

Big Island occupancy was 73 percent, seven points better than year-before levels but down six points from the previous week. Average room rate was $201, up 5 percent from the same time last year.

Kauai hotels were 67 percent full, three points better than year-before level but down from 74 percent the week before, with an average room rate of $219 that was 5 percent higher than the same time last year.

Nationwide hotel occupancy for the seven days to last Sunday was 54 percent for the second week, Smith Travel Research LLC reported Thursday. Occupancy was 72 percent in Los Angeles and 67 percent in Orlando.

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