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Hawaii Hotel Occupancy drops 12.6%; Book Your Vacation Now

7 January 2009

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Some recent figures released this week bode very well for anyone interested in booking a vacation or honeymoon in Hawaii this winter or spring. Visitor industry inside sources in Hawaii are reporting that hotels are experiencing, on average, a 12.6 per cent drop in occupancy. You know what that means – Hotel prices are dropping and vacation booking values are here!

From Pacific Business News:

Hawaii’s visitor industry ended the year on a sour note, with statewide hotel occupancy down 12.6 percentage points to 66.4 percent.

Hotel room rates fell as well, compared to the same week in 2007 — down 13.8 percent to $265 a night.

The holiday season is usually Hawaii’s strongest, with many properties posting their highest room rates and occupancy figures.

Occupancy and room rates for the four main Hawaiian islands were as follows:

  • Oahu occupancy fell 7.4 percentage points to 68.4 percent, while room rates fell 17.3 percent to $196;
  • Maui occupancy dropped 16.4 percentage points to 67.2 percent, while room rates were off 2.1 percent to $415 a night;
  • Mauai occupancy plunged 16.6 percentage points to 65.5 percent, while room rates declined 16.3 percent; and
  • Big Island occupancy plummeted 21.9 percentage points to 58.5 percent, while room rates decreased 26.2 percent to $248.

Nationwide, hotel occupancy fell 7 percentage points to 35.8 percent, while room rates dropped 9.5 percent to $92.

The weekly Hawaii hotel industry snapshot is surveyed by Smith Travel Research and Hospitality Advisors.

One Comment »

  • Jez said:

    This was a really bad sign. Hope this kind of drop won’t be in long term.