HONOLULU -- Hawaii reported record visitor totals in 2000, with
6.97 million people having come to the state.
The previous record was set in 1997 with 200,000 fewer visitors
than in 2000, according to the State of Hawaii Department of
Business, Economic Development and Tourism. The 2000 total was up
3.5% over 1999.
"The remarkable performance of the visitor industry in 2000
continues a growth trend showing that Hawaii has reasserted itself
as a competitor in the global tourism market," said Seiji Naya,
director of the department.
U.S. visitors supplied 4.4 million of the total for 2000, and
international visitors totaled 2.5 million. Japanese visitors, who
make up more than half of the international visitors, grew in
number by 1.7% in 2000 compared with 1999.
The number of U.S. visitors from the East Coast grew by 9.6% over
1999, and the number of visitors from the West Coast grew by
The island of Oahu propped up the state's total visitor numbers,
growing them by 4.8%, with 4.7 million visitors in 2000 over
All the other islands' visitor numbers fell for the year.
Kauai's visitor numbers fell slightly, by 0.9%. Maui numbers fell
2.2%; Molokai fell 8%; Lanai, 9.5%, and Big Island, 2.9%.
Hawaii's occupancy rate up
HONOLULU -- Hawaii's hotels and condominiums last year logged a
statewide occupancy rate of 77.91%, the highest since 1987,
according to PKF Hawaii, one of two firms that track hotel figures
in the state.
PKF's study includes 40,000 of the approximate 71,000 hotel and
condominium rooms in the state.
The 2000 occupancy rate was five percentage points over 1999,
when hotels showed a 72.89% occupancy rate.
The average room rate in the state in 2000 was $151.79 a night,
up from $144.53 a night in 1999.
The busiest months of the year in terms of hotel occupancy for
2000 were in March, July and August. The slowest months were in
January and December.
Maui had the highest occupancy figures with 80.11%, followed by
Oahu with 79%, Kauai with 74.84%, the Big Island with 72.76% and
Molokai with 42.72%.
Maui was also the most expensive island, with an average room
rate in 2000 of $189 a night. The Big Island had the second highest
room rate of $175 a night, followed by Kauai at $170 a night, Oahu
at $121 a night and Molokai at $79 a night.