Oahu tops for hotel occupancy among global island and sun competitors


Oahu posted the best hotel occupancy in a ranking of the world’s top island and sun destinations last year.

Oahu’s hotels were 84.7% full during 2012, an increase of 4 percentage points year over year and nearly 12 percentage points better than second-place finisher Puerto Rico, according to a Feb. 22 report by Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel Research.

Maui was third worldwide at 72.6%, up 2.4 percentage points from the year prior, while Kauai was sixth at 68.8%, climbing 4.9 points, and the Big Island finished 10th at 62%, improving 3.8 points.

“After a record-breaking 2012, both the individual islands and Hawaii as a destination improved in hotel industry rankings among global competitors,” said Joseph Toy, president and CEO of Hospitality Advisors, in a statement. “Although concerns over the economy are starting to be heard, advanced hotel bookings continue to point to a very busy summer.”

Maui’s average daily room rate (ADR) of $257.95 was good enough for third among the top island and sun destinations, behind Maldives ADR ($606.22) and French Polynesia ($329.38).

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