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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 12:42 p.m., Thursday, June 29, 2006

Business briefs: Hotel occupancy dips in May

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i hotel occupancy dropped slightly last month, but average room rates and revenue per available room still set a May record, according to data released yesterday by hotel consultancy Hospitality Advisors LLC.

Statewide average daily rates grew 13.2 percent to $172.66, beating last year's May record. Revenue per available room, a key measure of profitability, also set a monthly record with an 11.6 percent increase to $130.57.

Hotel occupancy statewide fell 1.1 percentage points to 75.6 percent as more Mainland visitors stayed in alternative accommodations like condominiums and time-shares.

Mobi PCS to offer enhanced directory assistance service

Metro One Telecommunications Inc. said it has signed a new multi-year contract to provide enhanced directory assistance services and call center network to Mobi PCS, the newest mobile operator in Hawai'i.

"We are delighted to begin a relationship with Mobi PCS and look forward to providing our premium EDA services to their subscribers as they initiate plans to launch Hawaii's first unlimited-use wireless voice and data network," said Gary Henry, Metro One's president and chief executive officer.