26 Nov 2021 By travelpulse
Hawaiian Governor David Ige announced on Tuesday the state would lift many of its coronavirus-related restrictions on December 1.
Governor Ige said the decision to lift many of the existing restrictions came as Hawaii ranked among the highest in the nation for COVID vaccination rates. The state is also still incorporating many of the safeguards implemented as part of the Safe Travels program.
â€œThe modified federal restrictions on international arrivals and the continuation of Hawaiiâ€™s indoor mask mandate provide additional safeguards,â€ Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Chief Executive Officer John De Fries said.
Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi also announced capacity limits and social distancing requirements for events on Oahu would be lifted, opening the door for the return of meetings and conventions at the Hawaii Convention Center and various resort properties.
â€œCapacity restrictions being lifted for events on Oahu is welcomed news for Hawaiiâ€™s meetings, conventions and incentives (MCI) market and the Hawaii Convention Center, as it will allow us to retain group bookings and secure new group business,â€ De Fries continued. â€œThe announcement gives meeting planners added confidence to book events and reassure attendees they will have a safe and memorable visit here in the Hawaiian Islands.â€
The HTA also recently released its Hawaii Hotel Performance Report, which showed that hotels statewide reported substantially higher revenue per available room (RevPAR), average daily rate (ADR) and occupancy in October 2021 compared to October 2020.
When compared to October 2019, statewide ADR was higher in October 2021, but RevPAR was lower due to less occupancy. Statewide RevPAR in October 2021 was $169 (+367.0 percent), with ADR at $308 (+67.2 percent) and occupancy of 54.9 percent (+35.3 percent) compared to October 2020.
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