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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:34 p.m., Thursday, May 26, 2005

Statewide hotel occupancy up in April

By Lynda Arakawa
Advertiser Staff Writer

Higher room demand on O'ahu helped push up statewide hotel occupancy in April, while Neighbor Island properties posted declines.

Hotels statewide were 75.3 percent full, up 1.1 percentage points over the previous April, according to hotel consultancy Hospitality Advisors LLC. O'ahu hotel occupancy grew 5 percentage points to 76.5 percent.

But hotel occupancy on the Neighbor Islands slipped. Maui occupancy fell to 77.7 percent from 80.6 percent, the Big Island dropped 3.3 percentage points to 67.5 percent, and Kaua'i declined 1.7 points to 74.7 percent.

Statewide average daily rates grew from $153.59 to $157.83 and revenue per available room grew 4.2 percent to $118.81.

All islands saw higher average daily rates except for the Big Island, which fell from $171.94 to $169.51. O'ahu was the only island that enjoyed higher revenue per available room.

Occupancy at luxury and upscale properties statewide dropped compared to April 2004, while hotels in the midprice, economy and budget sectors were fuller. Average daily rates for all categories grew.

The hotel survey, compiled by Smith Travel Research with Hospitality Advisors, averages more than 144 properties representing about 48,959 rooms reporting, or 78 percent of all lodging properties with 20 rooms or more in the state, including full-service, limited service and condominium hotels.