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Hawaii Hotel Occupancy Still Making Gains

Climbing hotel occupancy maintains its upward momentum in Hawaii and on Maui.
July 09, 2010

Hawaii Hotel Occupancy Still Making Gains

By Mark Harbison

Hawaii's tourism industry was struggling for a long while there, but recently, visitor arrivals by air, visitor spending, and also hotel occupancy have been climbing and climbing. 

Last week, Hawaii's hotel occupancy rate was 8.7 percent higher than the same week last year, according to the Hotel Industry Snapshot, conducted by Smith Travel Research and the Honolulu-based Hospitality Advisors. The total hotel occupancy for the week ending on June 26th was 78.7 percent, as opposed to 70 percent last year.

Another spot of encouraging news is that Hawaii hotel occupancy was 9 points higher than the national average, which was 69.7 percent. All the islands enjoyed occupancy that was higher year-over-year for that week.

Oahu occupancy was 86.3 percent, which was the highest of the islands, followed by Kauai and Maui which were neck and neck at 75.9 and 75.2 respectively.

The good news for visitors is that hotel room rates were an average of 1.2 percent lower that week than the same week last year, at $175.56/night. Maui's room rates are highest on average at $228.56 per night, but that rate is 1.8 percent lower than it was last year. Oahu was the only island on which room rates increased compared to the same week last year, but the increase was a minor 1.3 percent for a rate of $152.41.

When the visitor industry thrives, so does Maui's economy. A lot of businesses should be seeing an ease to the financial pressure that has been prevalent in the past couple of years. Vacation rental owners should also be seeing an increase in occupancy. Hopefully the upward swing will continue the impressively consistent momentum that it has generated so far!


If you're looking to purchase Maui real estate, we recommend a look at new Maui property listings as well as our Maui real estate listings. Wailea golf vistas also include some great buys. If you have any questions or need assistance, you can find our contact information at the bottom of the page. Mahalo for reading this week!

Blogs for July 2010

Jungle to Jungle Hosts Haiku Event

Posted on July 30, 2010
Jungle to Jungle Hosts Haiku Event

By Mark Harbison

There's always something interesting going on in various parts of the Maui community. What's amazing is the incredibly high volume of non-profit organizations that are active here, working on their efforts to make not only Maui, but the world a better place to… Continue Reading

Unique South Maui Beach Event

Posted on July 23, 2010
Unique South Maui Beach Event

By Mark Harbison

One of the reasons why we love South Maui is because of the seemingly endless number of unique and interesting events that are hosted here. We get countless marathons and numerous celebrations, and every so often, we see an especially unusual event. One of… Continue Reading

Impressive Maui Real Estate Figures for June

Posted on July 16, 2010
Impressive Maui Real Estate Figures for June

By Mark Harbison

Real estate sales were expected to slow down significantly after the tax credits expired, but Maui real estate sales remained strong throughout May. And it seems that June was much the same.

The real estate reports for Maui are particularly newsworthy. Seventy seven… Continue Reading

Hawaii Hotel Occupancy Still Making Gains

Posted on July 09, 2010
Hawaii Hotel Occupancy Still Making Gains

By Mark Harbison

Hawaii's tourism industry was struggling for a long while there, but recently, visitor arrivals by air, visitor spending, and also hotel occupancy have been climbing and climbing. 

Last week, Hawaii's hotel occupancy rate was 8.7 percent higher than the same week last year, according… Continue Reading

Maui Relay For Life in Lahaina

Posted on July 02, 2010
Maui Relay For Life in Lahaina

By Mark Harbison

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life will hold an event on July 24th at the Lahaina Recreation Center Park at 6p.m. to fight cancer. It's not just a simple fundraiser. It's a chance for the community to get together to celebrate the… Continue Reading

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