Report: Hawaii hotel occupancy up in July

HONOLULU (AP) - A new report says hotel occupancy in Hawaii averaged 79.5 percent in July, up from 68.8 percent in July 2009. The report released Monday by Hospitality Advisors LLC says the increase was consistent with the 11.7 percent increase in statewide visitor days reported by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The statewide average daily room rate increased by 2.3 percent to $180.98 for July, leading to a substantial 18.2 percent increase in statewide room revenues per available room, or RevPAR, to $143.88.

The increase was welcome news for Hawaii's hotels. But the firm notes the RevPAR was still 16.2 percent lower than the $171.74 RevPAR achieved in July 2006 - the record high for statewide July RevPAR.

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