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Hawaii hotel rates hit all-time high in August

Associated Press Modified: October 11, 2012 at 3:01 pm •  Published: October 11, 2012
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The Hawaii Tourism Authority said visitor spending was up 14.6 percent for the month.

The number of visitors from Japan climbed nearly 13 percent compared with August 2011, the report said. Other international markets — which are tracked all together but consist primarily of visitors from China, Korea and Australia — had an even larger spike, increasing by nearly 28 percent.

Hotel occupancy statewide rose 4 percentage points to 81.3 percent. Occupancy was 90 percent in Oahu, 75 percent in Maui and nearly 74 percent in Kauai. Nightly rates were highest in Maui at just over $263 per night.

The report said Hawaii set a new summer season record of $880.5 million in room revenue from June through August. Total revenue for the summer was $1.3 billion.

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