Hawaii hotel occupancy at 66.4% in last week of 2008

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Hawaii's visitor industry ended 2008 with statewide hotel occupancy at 66.4%, down from 79% during the same period in 2007, according to Smith Travel Research and Hospitality Advisors.

Hotel room rates were down 13.8%, to $265 a night.

Oahu occupancy fell 7.4 percentage points, to 68.4%, with room rates falling 17.3%, to $196; Maui occupancy dropped 16.4 percentage points, to 67.2%, with room rates off 2.1%, to $415 a night; Kauai occupancy was down 16.6 percentage points, to 65.5%, while room rates declined 16.3%; and Big Island occupancy fell 21.9 percentage points, to 58.5%, while room rates decreased 26.2%, to $248.

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