Hawaii: Best-ever July stats

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HONOLULU -- Hawaii's visitor industry had its best July on record for domestic visitor days and visitor arrivals, according to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Nonstop flights to Maui, Kauai and the Big Island contributed to the increased numbers.

Air arrivals from the mainland rose 5%, to 462,776 visitors, surpassing 440,737 arrivals during the same period a year ago.

Those who came to Hawaii in July also stayed 7.1% longer, an average of 11.1 days. However, overall visitor totals stayed flat because of weak international numbers.

With visitors staying longer, the numbers helped jump-start Hawaii hotel occupancy 4.7% over last year to 79.6% during the month, according to a report by Hospitality Advisors, LLC.

It was the second highest occupancy recorded in the last decade for that month, only 1.4% behind numbers recorded in 2000. Statewide average daily rates also increased 0.2% to $143.50 for the month.

A 22% increase in meetings, conventions and incentives helped improve neighbor island hotel occupancy. Kauai led the way in July with a 5.7% increase in occupancy to 89.7%.

To contact reporter Katherine Nichols, send e-mail to [email protected].

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