Statewide hotel occupancy in Hawaii averaged 70.9% during October, an increase of 4.5% when compared with the same month in 2009.

The average daily room rate across Hawaii fell slightly, however, dipping .7% year over year to $163.52 a night, according to a monthly survey by Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel Research.

"Waikiki hotels enjoyed an unusually strong month during what typically is the start of the off-season," Joseph Toy, president and CEO of Hospitality Advisors, said in a statement. "Although Oahu and Maui continue to show significant improvement each month, the recovery will remain uneven until the Big Island and Kauai begin to show more strength and consistency in their respective markets."

Statewide revenue per available room was $115.94 this October, up 6.1% from last year.

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