Although the travel and tourism industry could be doing better, there is some encouraging news out of O'ahu today. Oahu hotel room occupancy grew 2.2% to 75.1% for the week ending May 2. But, compared with the same week last year, statewide occupancy fell 2.9% to 64.8%.
Good news for travelers (like me) though - room rates on O'ahu and statewide fell as well, each down about 11 percent to average $156 and $172 a night, respectively. Perfect if you are still trying to decide where to head for your summer vacation.
Other occupancy and average room rates for the other Hawaiian Islands are as follows:
Maui occupancy dropped 8.9% to 56.6%, while room rates slid 13% to $212;
Kauai occupancy plummeted 12.7% to 49.6%, while room rates were down nearly 12% to $172; and
Big Island occupancy decreased 4.4% to 52.3%, while room rates were off about 1% to $174.