Hawaii’s average room rates down 18%

According to an industry survey conducted by Hospitality Advisors and Smith Travel Research for the week ending July 11, the average cost of a hotel room in Hawaii was $172 per night, a plunge of more than 18% from the same period in 2008. Maui room rates saw the largest decline, sinking 22.6%, but occupancy on Maui is holding relatively stable year over year. Our clients are finding the lowest-priced rooms on Oahu, where the survey shows the average is at $149 per night, dropping 18% from 2008. Big Island hotel rates fell 9% and Kauai rooms are 14% lower than 2008. In addition to lower room rates, hotels are offering free nights, complimentary room category upgrades and meals as promotional offers.

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Trump International Hotel and Tower Waikiki Opening

Waikiki’s newest luxury hotel is taking reservations for hotel rooms beginning November 16, 2009.

Stellar Travel staff members recently received a preview training session of the 462 hotel rooms. All room categories include a kitchen, and luxurious studio, 1 or 2 bedroom suites have mountain, partial ocean view or ocean front accommodation options. The 38-story tower includes 464 private, residential condominiums that sold out in one day. The hotel will also feature a Laurent Tourondel’s BLT Steak restaurant and the Spa at Trump. It is located adjacent to the new Waikiki Beach Walk area and across the street from Waikiki Beach.

Stellar Travel – Hawaii Source specializes in vacations to the beautiful islands of Aloha. Staff member vacation consultants are certified Hawaii Specialists and graduates of “Ke Kula O Hawaii” (The Hawaii Visitor’s Bureau “School of Hawaii”). www.hawaiisource.com


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