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.
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