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.