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Report: Hawaii's Hotel Occupancy Rates on the Rise

July 7, 2010 By: Jena Tesse Fox

More promising news from Hawaii's tourism scene, according to Pacific Business News: The state's hotel occupancy rates last week grew 8.7 percentage points compared to the same week a year ago.

The Hawaii Hotel Industry Snapshot, conducted by Smith Travel Research and Honolulu-based Hospitality Advisors, showed that hotel occupancy for the week ending June 26 was 78.7 percent, compared to 70 percent a year ago.

Statewide hotel occupancy — which came in 9 percentage points ahead of the national average of 69.7 percent for the week — was up year-over-year on all the major islands.

Oahu maintained the highest occupancy rate at 86.3 percent, up 11 percentage points from a year ago.

It was followed by Kauai with 75.9 percent, up 10.1 percentage points from a year ago. Maui recorded 75.2 percent occupancy, up 7 percentage points, and the Big Island recorded 60.5 percent occupancy, up 3 percentage points.

Meanwhile, statewide hotel room rates were down 1.2 percent for the week, to $175.56 a night.

Only Oahu saw room rates climb during the week, up 1.3 percent to $152.41. Maui maintained the state’s highest room rates at $228.56 a night, but that still was down 1.8 percent from a year ago. Kauai saw the biggest drop in its room rates, down 4.4 percent to $182.62. The Big Island saw its room rates dip 3.8 percent to $174.80.
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