Hawaii hotel occupancy 75% - room rates up 11%

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Maui hotels ran fuller than Oahu hotels for a second week, but in general the state saw strong occupancy at higher rates on all islands.

Statewide, hotels were 75 percent full with room rates averaging about 11 percent higher than at the same time last year. Hospitality Advisors LLC reported Friday.

All four operating counties saw declines in room sales from the previous week but occupancy levels were close to those of the same week last week, leaving the higher room rates as the main change.

Maui County properties ran 80 percent full, in a week that saw only 76 percent occupancy in the Los Angeles area. Average room rate was $314, up 6 percent from the same time last year.

Oahu occupancy was 78 percent, five points lower than the week before but 4 percent better than year-before levels, with room rates up an average 19 percent.

Kauai occupancy fell eight points to 64 percent full, but that was in line with last year, and with room rates up 10 percent to an average $242 a night.

The Big Island saw occupancy fall six points to 61 percent, still better than year-before room sales, despite room rates up 10 percent to the same $242 a night.

National hotel occupancy last week was 64 percent, Smith Travel Research LLC reported.

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