Hotel occupancy dips to lowest since ...

Hotel occupancy dips to lowest since 9/11 - News

There are 39 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Nov 3, 2008, titled Hotel occupancy dips to lowest since 9/11 - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

The bottom line for Hawaii hotels is getting significantly smaller. Hotels throughout the state suffered a more than $37 million loss in September room revenue and a more than $58 million drop in total revenue, ...

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Bolivar, MO

#1 Nov 3, 2008
Going to get worse for sure if your hometown 'boy' takes office :) have fun out there...

Troy, MI

#2 Nov 3, 2008
It has to get better-I heard Nobama will be building a rail from LA to Oahu.

Bolivar, MO

#3 Nov 3, 2008

Nerima, Japan

#4 Nov 3, 2008
Hotel discounting can't make up for the incredibly high air fares. Tokyo to Honolulu at Christmas is now $1625 RT on United. Sadly these fares make a Hawaii vacation unaffordable.

Victorville, CA

#5 Nov 3, 2008
Nobama is going to wipeout the already hurting tourism industry.

Kailua, HI

#6 Nov 3, 2008
Quick lets build a train for 10 billion before we don't have the money we don't have now.

Elgin, AZ

#7 Nov 3, 2008
Now it is time for the hotel owners to come into the real world of 2008 and start lowering their hotel rates ! Oil prices are going down as of now , so there is no reason why airlines should continue to be so high ! Things have to change , Arizona is going into a depression !

Honolulu, HI

#8 Nov 3, 2008
You ain't seen nothing yet. Wait until they start opening up soup kitchens. Hawai'i will suffer way more than any other state in this depression. We already have huge amounts of poverty in the state. If no one during the depression goes to Hawai'i as a tourist...what do we do?

Honolulu, HI

#9 Nov 3, 2008
The first thing you do during a depression is you DON'T take a vacation to Hawai'i. In 1929 people went to the movies for escape. Now people will stay at home and watch their cable movie channels, play video games or go online to "escape"...that is if they have enough money to pay their cable and internet bills...or their electric bill. If the Governor is not now preparing for this...she is an imbecile of major proportions.
sickman fraud

Aiea, HI

#10 Nov 3, 2008
Just the beginning.The trickle down effect on small businesses will be very very painful. With the vog effect on the Big Island it will be especially true. Hold on everyone it may take a while.

Singapore, Singapore

#11 Nov 3, 2008
If it's any consolation, tourist arrivals declined 4-5% in Singapore and Hong Kong and 20% down in Thailand.
Barbara Woerner

Kaneohe, HI

#12 Nov 3, 2008
Look at the BigIsland...BIG Problem there. Now why should anyone even come here? Vog, Traffic, 3rd World Hotel Rooms (for the most part), and basically..ummm NOTHING to do here. Now if we built a bike path around the island or <something> to bring people here..but nothing will ever happen...not until the day that Hilo disappears into a Super Tsunami and the government is forced to relocated to Kona, not until that day will anything ever change.
time to pay the piper


#13 Nov 3, 2008
Islander wrote:
If it's any consolation, tourist arrivals declined 4-5% in Singapore and Hong Kong and 20% down in Thailand.
There is the lesson! Singapore and Hong Kong have turned themselves into a giant shopping malls, very much like Hawaii. But they never had much to offer beside shopping. We did and we screwed up.

Greed took over, few people gor rich and the rest
of us are left with an empty bag. If you are thinking of re-electing the same politicians,
DON'T!! They are incompetent at the very least,

Honolulu, HI

#14 Nov 3, 2008
true..HTA neevr had a clue about any aspect of tourism and our numbers were in a long-tern decline even before the Bush meltdown.
time to pay the piper


#15 Nov 3, 2008
By the way, we are broke and these clowns still want to spend $6 billions that we don't have on a
rail transit? Have they not learn anything in the
last few years?

Having said that, I think we all know why they want
to do it!

Ewa Beach, HI

#16 Nov 3, 2008
I wonder how long the hotels will cling to the idea that lowering their rates too much for kama'aina will hurt business? Maui at 56%? And still the rooms are $325? Give me a break.

Big, expensive, EMPTY resorts.

Time to try something different yeah?

Why not Star Alliance make all rooms in Hawaii $100 night for Hawaii residents?
Cat Manapua

Saint George, UT

#17 Nov 3, 2008
Once Obama redistributes all the wealth, not even the former rich will be able to afford a Hawaii vacation.
Killa Wiffa


#18 Nov 3, 2008
Average room rate $178.35???????? I would bet that if room rates were closer to one hundred dollars, you would see the occupancy rise tremendously.


#19 Nov 3, 2008
I grew up in hawaii, and used to come back every 2 years. BUT now, the cost of going back is WAY out of WHACK !!! I can go to the FL keys and still have a great time and the water is clear as can be for water sports. Sorry hawaii, but someone has to get a grip of the cost's including hotels and airlines !!! They cried about jet fuel costs, but I havent seen airfares come down with the barrel of oil !!! I just feel sorry for the locals. ALOHA and keep your chin up locals !!
Killa Wiffa


#20 Nov 3, 2008
Look what Ryanair is doing today!!!!!!!! Why can't we do that in the islands???????? And hotel rates, too????????

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