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Report: Oahu is the top sun destination

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 07:12 a.m. HST, Feb 25, 2013

Jim Borg / jborg@staradvertiser.comJackie McKay of Banff, Canada, left, and Michelle Cruz of Mexico City, both seniors at St. Michael's University School in Victoria, British Columbia, watched surf break Friday at Sunset Beach on the North Shore. High surf warnings and advisories are in effect today across the Hawaiian islands.

Oahu ranked first in hotel occupancy for the year ending in December among isle and competing sun destinations, according to the Hawaii Competitive Global Rankings report by Hospitality Advisors LLC.

Oahu’s hotel occupancy rate was at 84.7 percent for the period. Puerto Rico was second, at 72.9 percent; Maui ranked third at 72.6 percent; Phuket, Thailand, also was at 72.6 percent; followed by Bali, at 69.8 percent; No. 6, Kauai was at 68.9 percent; No. 7 Aruba was at 67.7 percent; the Maldives, 64.8 percent; the Bahamas at 62.3 percent, and Hawaii island was at No. 10, with hotel occupancy of 62.0 percent for 2012.

The Bahamas showed the highest occupancy gain for the year, with a 5.5 percentage point increase over the previous year.

The report also examines revenue per available room ("RevPAR"), which the Maldives led with $392.95, nearly twice the rate of second-ranked French Polynesia.

All top ten Island and Sun destinations saw gains in so-called RevPAR, such as the 16.8 seen on Oahu, in fifth place on that ranking.

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allie wrote:
the sun and fun moniker really also holds this place back. It just is not taken seriously for much else.
on February 25,2013 | 07:11AM
aomohoa wrote:
"Best weather on the planet", as Guy would say:)
on February 25,2013 | 08:13AM
Grimbold wrote:
Best weather to acquire skin cancer.
on February 25,2013 | 08:24AM
aomohoa wrote:
Why don't you try wearing sunscreen!
on February 25,2013 | 08:27AM
hanalei395 wrote:
And combined with, in recent polls ..The happiest, and the healthiest, state in the nation....=...Paradise.
on February 25,2013 | 08:28AM
aomohoa wrote:
Great comment hanalei395. Mahalo
on February 25,2013 | 08:48AM
Grimbold wrote:
Top destination to aquire "sun cancer" . Skin cancer is on rapid increase!
on February 25,2013 | 08:23AM
aomohoa wrote:
Did you take your grouch pill today???
on February 25,2013 | 08:27AM
IAmSane wrote:
Not today. That guy is like that everyday. Very grim and bold.
on February 25,2013 | 09:22AM
allie wrote:
yup..and who has time to lie in the sun?
on February 25,2013 | 08:59AM
aomohoa wrote:
Seems like to have time for commenting all day on the SA. LOL!
on February 25,2013 | 09:12AM
8082062424 wrote:
people who work and have a life and do not live in make believe land like you. folks who life does not include living online all day
on February 25,2013 | 09:57AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Grim ... cover yourself, completely, from head to toe.
on February 25,2013 | 09:00AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Really great news, now more and more people are able to spend many dollars to come here, stay in Waikiki, and witness Earl and Earl pee in the shrubbery or wash their private parts at a beach shower.
on February 25,2013 | 09:00AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Pace, after following Earl, did you report him to a cop? (How did you know that his name is Earl?).
on February 25,2013 | 09:15AM
Pacej001 wrote:
I've taken to naming the obviously out-of-state, career homeless. There are a couple of guys that show up every year and live on the sidewalk on Nimitz Eva bound near Zippies. They just look like Earl and Earl to me. Used them for illustrative purposes. Meanwhile, I have seen a couple of homeless people peeing in Kapiolani park and Ala Moana beach and reported both. The cop I spoke to, in person in his cruiser, gave me the fish eye and did nothing.
on February 25,2013 | 10:26AM
hanalei395 wrote:
This is why Earl is here ..."Best weather on the planet".
on February 25,2013 | 10:34AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Yep. There's a whole army of Earls out there.
on February 25,2013 | 04:15PM
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