Sumary of Hawaii’s hotels continued improving last month:
- As of last week, only 62% of members in Hawaii’s largest hospitality workers union, Unite Here Local Five, had returned to the jobs they held before COVID-19 shut down travel to the islands.
- Tennessee-based STR reported Wednesday that statewide June occupancy rose to 77%.
- Demand for Hawaii hotels in June also helped achieve higher average daily room rates (ADR) and revenue per available room (RevPAR) than in 2019. RevPAR is considered by many in the hotel industry as the key performance measure, as it’s the rate that a room rents for regardless of occupancy status.
- It remains to be seen if current demand for Hawaii holds once more long-haul destinations drop restrictions and reopen to visitors.
- However, he has indicated that Safe Travels would sunset once 70% of the local population is vaccinated.
- Local 5 spokesman Bryant de Venecia worries that workers aren’t sharing in the recovery.
- De Venecia said the union is planning a sign-waving action Friday in Waikiki to draw attention to the plight of workers.
- Purie Ibalio, a room attendant at The Modern Honolulu, said changes such as the elimination of daily room cleaning have contributed to job cuts and increased workloads.