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HTA report: Maui County hotels top state’s counties in July

Maui County hotels in July led the state’s three other counties in revenue per available room, average daily rate and occupancy, according to a recent hotel report.

Compared with the same month last year, Maui County’s revenue per available room (RevPAR) bumped up 9.3 percent to $359, the average daily rate (ADR) increased 7.7 percent to $436 and occupancy rose 1.2 percent to 82.2 percent, the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report showed. Wailea properties helped boost the county’s performance; their RevPAR increased 13.6 percent to $640, ADR moved 12.2 percent to $697 and occupancy rose 1.1 percent to 91.7 percent.

Meanwhile, hotels statewide reported growth in July, according to the report, which is published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. RevPAR increased 5.2 percent to $260, ADR was up 3.9 percent to $305 and occupancy moved higher by 1 percentage point to 85.2 percent.

Hawaii hotel room revenues last month grew by 3.5 percent to $434.8 million, about $14.6 million higher than last year. However, there were approximately 27,700 fewer room nights available in July with room demand similar to 2018. Several hotel properties across the state were closed, or had rooms closed, due to renovation in July, the report said.

Compared to last July, RevPAR for Oahu hotels was up 1.4 percent to $230, ADR grew 1.3 percent to $261 and occupancy was similar to last year at 87.9 percent.

Hotels on the island of Hawaii saw RevPAR increase 19 percent to $223, ADR up 9.1 percent to $266 and occupancy higher by 7 percentage points to 83.6 percent compared to the same month last year. Kohala Coast hotels had a 30 percent increase in RevPAR to $324 compared to last July, along with a 10.7 percent growth in ADR to $376 and occupancy of 86.3 percent, up 12.8 percentage points. In May 2018, Kilauea volcano started erupting in lower Puna, which contributed to a downturn in visitors to the island of Hawaii in the following months, the report added.

Kauai hotels had lower performance compared to last July with RevPAR falling 5.7 percent to to $233, ADR dropping 3 percent to $301 and occupancy lowering 2.2 percentage points to 77.5 percent.

HTA’s Tourism Research Division uses data compiled by STR Inc., which conducts the largest and most comprehensive survey of hotel properties in the state, the release said.

For tables of hotel performance statistics and data presented in the report, visit https://www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/research/infrastructure-research/.