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Hotels and vacation rentals saw positive gains in October, but they still remain behind 2019 levels

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Hotels and vacation rentals saw positive gains for the month of October, but they still remain behind 2019 levels.

The Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority has released its monthly report for hotel and vacation rental performance for the month of October.

According to the report, hotels and vacation rentals saw lower occupancy rates compared to the same period in 2019 – but had slightly more guests than September.

In late August, Gov. David Ige requested visitors postpone their travel plans to the state due to the Delta variant surge.

The announcement came during a usually slow stretch of time for the hospitality business – but industry professionals say the comments had an impact.

Hotels had an occupancy rate of 55%, while vacation rentals maintained a 59% occupancy.

However, there were fewer available rental units last month – because vacation rentals are not necessarily available year-round or each day of the month.

Both hotels and rentals had higher daily rates in October compared to the same time in 2019.

Hotels maintained an average daily rate of $308 – a 20% increase from 2019.

And rentals had an ADR of $243 – a 27% increase.

Meanwhile, hotels saw a nearly 25% dip in a major industry measurement known as RevPAR – or revenue per available room compared to October 2019.

Casey Harlow was an HPR reporter and occasionally filled in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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