Oahu places first in Nov. occupancy race

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HONOLULU -- Visitors from Japan and the eastern United States staying in luxury hotels helped Oahu achieve Hawaii's highest occupancy rate in November -- for the first time in almost a year.

While hotel occupancy improved statewide over year-ago levels, the numbers still lag behind the same month in 2000, according to a survey conducted by Hospitality Advisors.

Average hotel occupancy throughout the islands was 65.5%, up from 57.5% in 2001, when the state was still reeling from the effects of Sept. 11.

Oahu's numbers jumped from 54.1% last year to 69.2%, largely because of a sharp rise in tourists from Japan.

Average revenue per available room also increased from $73.90 in November 2001 to $85.66.

All islands showed an increase in occupancy and revenue per available room except Maui, which saw its rev par drop $4 and occupancy levels fall from 64.9% to 62.2% in November.

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