According to an industry survey conducted by Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel Research, Hawaii's hotel occupancy remained essentially unchanged during the month of November, slipping just .4% from the same period last year to a statewide total of 63.1%.

Average daily room rates for Hawaii, however, fell for the 17th straight month, dropping 9.4% year over year to $161.08.

That decline caused the Islands' monthly revenue per available room average to sink by 10%, to $101.64, across the state.

Bolstered by an international Jehovah's Witness convention accounting for more than 30,000 visitors during November, Oahu's occupancy rates climbed 4.1% from last year to an islandwide average of 72.6%. Room rates there declined 7.9% year over year, to $144.11 per night.

Down 3.2% from 2008, Maui's occupancy was 58.0% in November, while room rates on the Valley Isle plunged nearly 14% to a $194.32 per-night average for the month.

Room rates on the Big Island remained essentially unchanged year over year at $174.83 a night, though occupancy there was the lowest in the state at 46.9%, off 3.6% from last year.

Occupancy rates on Kauai took the biggest year over year hit, falling 10.5% to a 49.8% average during November. Garden Isle room rates sank 5.2%, to $172.46 per night.

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