How extra vacationers are impacting Hawaii accommodations
Despite the increase in the number of tourists coming to Hawaii, hotels across the country reported a decrease in RevPAR, Average Daily Rate (ADR) and occupancy in February 2021 compared to February 2020 as tourism continues to be significant was influenced by the COVID. 19 pandemic.
- The survey included 148 properties or 81.4 percent of all accommodations and 86.0 percent of operational accommodations with 20 or more rooms.
- In February, most passengers arriving from abroad and traveling between counties were able to bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day self-quarantine.
- State-wide hotel room revenue in Hawaii still fell to $ 111.2 million (-72.1%) in February.
According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Research Division, the RevPAR for Hawaii hotels nationwide dropped to $ 79 (-69.9%), the ADR to $ 259 (-16.5%) and the Occupancy rate to 30.5% (-54.0 percentage points) in February 2021. The report’s results were based on data from STR, Inc., which conducts the largest and most comprehensive survey of hotel properties in the Hawaiian Islands. As of February, the survey included 148 accommodations with 43,266 rooms, or 81.4 percent of all accommodations and 86.0 percent of all accommodations with 20 or more rooms in the Hawaiian Islands, including full-service, limited-service hotels and condominiums. Vacation rentals and timeshare properties were not included in this survey.
In February, most passengers arriving from abroad and traveling between counties were able to bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day self-quarantine with a valid negative COVID-19 NAAT test result from a trusted test partner via the state’s Safe Travels program . All transpacific travelers who participated in the pre-trip testing program were required to present a negative test result prior to leaving for Hawaii. Kauai County continued to temporarily suspend its participation in the state’s safe travel program, requiring all trans-Pacific travelers to Kauai to be quarantined upon arrival, with the exception of those participating in a pre- and post-travel testing program in a “resort bubble” . Ownership as a way to reduce your quarantine time. The counties of Hawaii, Maui, and Kalawao (Molokai) also had partial quarantine in February.
State-wide hotel room revenue in Hawaii fell to $ 111.2 million, -72.1% in February. The demand for rooms was 429,700 overnight stays (-66.5%) and the room supply 1.4 million overnight stays (-7.3%). Many properties were closed or put into operation from April 2020. If the occupancy for February 2021 were calculated based on the space available before the pandemic from February 2019, the occupancy for the month would be 28.4 percent.
All classes of Hawaii hotel property across the state reported RevPAR losses in February compared to a year ago. Luxury properties achieved a RevPAR of $ 188 (-61.0%), with a higher ADR of $ 729 (+ 19.5%) offset by an occupancy rate of 25.8% (-53.4 percentage points). Midscale & Economy Class properties achieved a RevPAR of USD 65 (-64.3%) with an ADR of USD 171 (-18.3%) and an occupancy rate of 37.9% (-48.8 percentage points).
All four Hawaiian island counties reported lower RevPAR, ADR, and occupancy compared to a year ago. Maui County Hotels led the counties in February with a RevPAR of $ 141 (-63.8%), an ADR of $ 446 (-7.3%), and an occupancy of 31.7% (-49.5 percentage points) . Maui County’s February offering was 354,800 room nights, -0.3%. Maui’s luxury resort area of Wailea had a RevPAR of $ 239 (-61.9%), an ADR of $ 758 (+ 7.5%), and an occupancy of 31.5% (-57.5 percentage points). The Lahaina / Kaanapali / Kapalua region had a RevPAR of USD 104 (-67.8%), an ADR of USD 364 (-9.1%) and an occupancy rate of 28.7% (-52.3 percentage points).