InsightHawaii hoteliers saw available room revenue (RevPAR) jump 17.4% year over year, to a statewide average of $137.53 in May.

Hotel occupancy was 72.9% across the Islands during the month, climbing 6.3 percentage points over the same period last year, according to a monthly report released by Hospitality Advisors July 13.

Average daily room rates (ADR) also increased statewide in May, improving 7.2%, to $188.65.

“Waikiki has really been the driving force in the [Islands-wide] recovery,” said Joseph Toy, president and CEO for Hospitality Advisors, noting that increased arrivals from the U.S. West Coast, Japan, South Korea and China bolstered performance. “Demand for Waikiki is very high, [and] on an inflation-adjusted basis room rates have recovered nicely and are now poised for real growth.”

Waikiki hotels posted an average occupancy of 82.5% in May, increasing 6.7% year over year, while ADR was up nearly $17 a night and RevPAR there jumped more than $24, to $144.42.

“We’re also seeing recovery in Maui,” Toy said. “It’s a little bit more sporadic in terms of property and areas, but nonetheless we are seeing some nice strides. …Wailea, in particular, has done very nicely.”

ADR in Wailea was the highest in the state at $337.52, up just under $6 from May 2011, while occupancy there was up nearly 10 percentage points year over year, to 68.1%.

It was the island of Kauai, however, that posted the largest occupancy gain in the state, jumping 11.9 percentage points over May of last year, to an average of 69.3%, while room revenue on the Garden Isle was up more than $27, to $136.49 a night.

The figures were less impressive for the Big Island of Hawaii, where ADRs were actually off less than 1% year over year. Occupancy was up, though, climbing more than 6 percentage points to 55.7%. And RevPAR there increased by about $10 a night to an average of $95.87 island-wide.

“The recovery is still a bit uneven,” Toy said. “The Big Island really tends to lead during downturns and lags during recoveries. … In my past forecasts, I had the Big Island recovering in 2014, and I think that still holds.”

Year to date through May, Hawaii’s statewide occupancy was 77.2%, up 4.3% year over year, while ADRs increased 6.5%, to $201.44 a night, and RevPAR jumped 11.7%, to $155.51.
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