HONOLULU (AP) — Hotels in Hawaii set another all-time single-month record in August, bringing in $339 million in revenue to cap off the best summer ever for the state's tourism industry.
The August revenue was $3 million better than July — a record at the time. It was also a 9.1 percent increase compared with August of last year, when hotel room revenue was $311 million.
A survey released Tuesday by Hospitality Advisors LLC says total hotel revenue hit $1.42 billion in the summer months of June, July and August, with $965 million spent on rooms. The rest was spent at restaurants and bars, parking, retail and other hotel offerings.
Total summer revenue was up 8.5 percent over $1.31 billion in total summer hotel revenue in 2012. It's the fourth straight summer of big jumps in hotel revenue since 2009, when the Great Recession battered Hawaii tourism and sent summer hotel revenues down more than 20 percent to about $880 million.
Hospitality Advisors CEO Joseph Toy says the boost in revenue was helped by a 7.7 percent summer increase in capacity for air travelers. Airlines are using planes with more seats and running several new routes from U.S. states and Asia.