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Honolulu the second-most desirable destination

By Erika Engle

LAST UPDATED: 11:45 a.m. HST, Jan 07, 2014

<br /><br />star-advertiser<br />Michael and Helen Grimes of Byron, Calif., relax poolside at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa.<br />

Honolulu is the second-most sought-after travel destination for 2014, according to the first State of Travel Report by online travel site Hotwire.com.

Las Vegas was top-ranked.

The Hotwire ranking of 14 destinations highlights the best month to visit each destination, average room rate per night, and the percentage of savings that could be realized over a visit during peak season.

The best month to visit Las Vegas is June, with an average room rate of $84 at an off-peak savings of 6 percent. 

September visits in Honolulu cost an average of $127 a night and save travelers 16 percent over peak season.

It would cost travelers to third-ranked New York City an average of $181 a night during December, at an off-peak savings of 21 percent.

The survey of more than 2,000 adults in the U.S. was conducted in October.


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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Don't know how our lawmakers feel, except if Honolulu is number two, then if some gambling was allowed in Hawaii, vacationers could combine their Las Vegas and Hawaii trips to make Hawaii number one. Plus more Kamaaina would stay home instead of making Las Vegas their "bank" of choice.
on January 7,2014 | 10:18AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Except if gambling was allowed in Hawaii, some established businesses might not like that: those that send Kamaaina to Las Vegas.
on January 7,2014 | 10:20AM
Morimoto wrote:
As usual you have a very simplistic way of thinking. There are lots of states (ex. Washington) that have casinos, which is the type of gambling that you associate with Vegas. However, people usually don't go to those states because they have casinos. Likewise people go to Vegas for the whole experience (shows, nightlife, attractions, and myriad gambling options). Unless you want to turn Hawaii into another Vegas, a few casinos won't do the trick of drawing people who want to gamble or keeping Hawaii residents from vacationing in Vegas.
on January 7,2014 | 11:00AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Ask this newspaper to put the question for gambling on their Big Q.
on January 7,2014 | 02:38PM
Morimoto wrote:
That's a good idea. The question should read: "If Hawaii were to legalize gambling and create a limited number of casinos would that keep you from visiting Vegas" Of course it's hard to define limited but I'd think a few casinos in Waikiki or some other location but nothing like Vegas.
on January 7,2014 | 02:52PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Natural beauty, natural atractions vs man-made atractions, man-made everything.
on January 7,2014 | 12:56PM
hanalei395 wrote:
Sorry, the misspellings didn't attract, draw me to the typos.
on January 7,2014 | 03:50PM
f206 wrote:
Vegas is so much more than just gaming. You'd be hard pressed to get Kamaaina to stay home vs. a Vegas trip.
on January 8,2014 | 04:59AM
kolohepalu wrote:
If you think Hawaii is losing its sense of place, just legalize gambling to put the nail in the coffin. People use Vegas like a public toilet- it's a placed to be used, not respected or appreciated. Without gambling, Vegas has nothing-Hawaii is just the opposite. The money is there, no doubt, but not worth the corruption, crime, and other social problems big gambling brings.
on January 8,2014 | 05:19AM
control wrote:
The numbers are a little hard to believe. $127 per night? Really? All those $200 and up rooms must be vacant then.
on January 7,2014 | 10:32AM
cojef wrote:
Promotional deals with airlines and travel agencies knock the prime prices all to heck.
on January 7,2014 | 10:38AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
September is an off peak month, according to Erika.
on January 7,2014 | 10:51AM
control wrote:
And yet the hotel industry has been bragging about high room rates every month and high occupancy levels since June. Even with an off peak month, you aren't going to find a $127 room on Kalakaua or Kuhio ave.
on January 7,2014 | 01:53PM
samidunn wrote:
Have you been to Waikiki lately
on January 7,2014 | 02:13PM
loquaciousone wrote:
And the first most desirable place to be homeless.
on January 7,2014 | 02:50PM
primowarrior wrote:
When we fly over to LV, then back home, we are traveling to the #1 and #2 travel destinations. Only the best for Hawaii folks!
on January 7,2014 | 03:13PM
syhud wrote:
Wow! I like your priorities.Getting a life should be one of them.
on January 7,2014 | 05:38PM
lokela wrote:
I wouldn't mind just lottery and scratchers. Small kind but fun to do.
on January 7,2014 | 03:39PM
ghstar wrote:
I don't think a Hotwire.com survey of 2000 is a meaningful or valid sample. I suspect their clients might be more likely to be Las Vegas fans than would be a sample taken across all travel web sites. I can think of a dozen places more desirable than Las Vegas. And was this a US-only survey?
on January 7,2014 | 04:51PM
SueH wrote:
That's a pretty spectacular assertion for Hotwire to make, since we're only 7 days into 2014. Can they also tell me good stocks to buy?
on January 7,2014 | 05:38PM
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