Hawaii Reports Modest Rise in Hotel Occupancy

7th July 2011 (Last Updated July 7th, 2011 18:30)

Hawaii's hotel occupancy for May 2011 increased by 1.4%, according to a report released by Hospitality Advisors. The occupancy increase is the lowest for 18 months, and was attributed to a 17% decrease in Japanese arrivals because of the 11 March earthquake in Japan. State-wid

Hawaii’s hotel occupancy for May 2011 increased by 1.4%, according to a report released by Hospitality Advisors.

The occupancy increase is the lowest for 18 months, and was attributed to a 17% decrease in Japanese arrivals because of the 11 March earthquake in Japan.

State-wide hotel occupancy averaged 66.7% in May, compared with 65.3% for the same month last year.

Hotel occupancy in Oahu rose to 75.9% in May, the largest increase of 2.4%, due to a 37.3% rise in Canadian visitors and the American Psychiatric Convention.

Kauai occupancy fell by 4.8% to 56.5% in May, while hotels on Maui and the Big Island saw a 1.4% rise in occupancy to 62% and 49.4%, respectively.

Hawaii’s average daily room rate for May increased by 9.6% from last year while room revenue per available room increased by 12%.