Hotels and holiday apartments recorded positive growth in October, but are still below the level of 2019.

The Hawaii Tourism Board released its monthly report on the performance of hotels and vacation rentals for the month of October.

According to the report, hotels and holiday apartments recorded lower occupancy compared to the same period last year – but had slightly more guests than in September.

In late August, Governor David Ige urged visitors to postpone their travel plans to the state due to the surge in the Delta variant.

The announcement came during what is usually a slow time for the hospitality industry – but industry experts say the comments had an impact.

Hotels had an occupancy of 55%, while vacation rentals had an occupancy of 59%.

However, fewer rental units were available in the last month – because holiday apartments are not necessarily available all year round or every day of the month.

Both hotels and rentals had higher daily rates in October compared to the same time in 2019.

Hotels maintained an average daily rate of $ 308 – a 20% increase from 2019.

And rents had an ADR of $ 243 – a 27% increase.

Meanwhile, hotels saw a nearly 25% decrease in a major industry metric called RevPAR – or revenue per available room compared to October 2019.