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Hawaii hotels 90% full for lunar new year

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii hotels were packed for the lunar new year, with international arrivals up more than 15 percent from the same time last year.

Mainland arrivals were up smartly as well, so neighbor island hotels also did better, but the fullest hotels by far were on Oahu, Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday.

Statewide occupancy of roughly 90 percent was driven by 91.9 percent occupancy on Oahu for the period from Feb.10 to Feb. 16, despite an average room rate of $216 a night, up 20.2 percent from the same time last year.

Traffic was heavy on flights from Japan and Korea, and hundreds of Chinese visitors flew here directly either on scheduled flights from Shanghai or on charters laid on for the holidays.

Kauai was 89.4 percent full, nine points better than a year ago, with room rates up 16.7 percent to an average $235 a night.

Maui was 88.1 percent full with room rates up 5.2 percent to an average $290 a night.

The Big Island was 84,8 percent full with room rates up 2.1 percent to an average $214 a night.

By contrast, Los Angeles hotels were 79.7 percent full, and Orlando 78.5 percent, with room rates in both markets up about 5 percent, and the national occupancy rate for the same period was 60.7 percent, also with room rates up 5 percent from year-before levels, Smith Travel Research LLC reported.