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HTA: January Vacation Rental Demand Down 74%
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January 2021 Hawai‘i Vacation Rental Performance Report

From HTA, February 24, 2021

January 2021 Hawai‘i Vacation Rental Performance Report In January 2021, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 433,000 unit nights (-44.3%) and monthly demand was 167,500 unit nights (-73.9%), resulting in an average monthly unit occupancy of 38.7 percent (-53.1 percentage points) (Figure 1).

In comparison, Hawai‘i’s hotels had an average occupancy rate of 23.3 percent in January 2021. It is important to note that unlike hotels, condominium hotels, timeshare resorts and vacation rental units are not necessarily available year-round or each day of the month and often accommodate a larger number of guests than traditional hotel rooms. The unit average daily rate (ADR) for vacation rental units statewide in January was $247, which was slightly less than the ADR for hotels ($251).

During January, most passengers arriving from out-of-state and traveling inter-county could bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day self-quarantine with a valid negative COVID-19 NAAT test result from a Trusted Testing Partner through the state’s Safe Travels program. All trans-Pacific travelers participating in the pre-travel testing program were required to have a negative test result before their departure to Hawai‘i. On December 2, 2020 Kaua‘i County temporarily suspended its participation in the state’s Safe Travels program, making it mandatory for all travelers to Kaua‘i to quarantine upon arrival. However, starting January 5, 2021 Kaua‘i County rejoined the Safe Travels program for inter-island arrivals, allowing inter-island travelers who have been in Hawai‘i for more than three days to bypass the quarantine with a valid test result. Also starting January 5 on Kaua‘i, trans-Pacific travelers were given the option of participating in a pre- and post-travel testing program at a “resort bubble” property as a way to shorten their time in quarantine. The counties of Hawai‘i, Maui and Kalawao (Moloka‘i) also had a partial quarantine in place in January.

 In January, legal short-term rentals were allowed to operate on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Island and Kaua‘i as long as they were not being used as a quarantine location. For Maui County, starting January 19, legal vacation rentals could no longer provide lodging for people subject to the quarantine, and travelers who required paid commercial lodging had to quarantine at a hotel or motel. Previously, interisland travelers awaiting their pre-travel test results were allowed to use a vacation rental as a place of quarantine in Maui County.

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority’s (HTA) Tourism Research Division issued the report’s findings utilizing data compiled by Transparent Intelligence, Inc. The data in this report specifically excludes units reported in HTA’s Hawai‘i Hotel Performance Report and Hawai‘i Timeshare Quarterly Survey Report. In this report, a vacation rental is defined as the use of a rental house, condominium unit, private room in private home, or shared room/space in private home. This report also does not determine or differentiate between units that are permitted or unpermitted. The “legality” of any given vacation rental unit is determined on a county basis.

Island Highlights

In January, Maui County had the largest vacation rental supply of all four counties with 174,400 available unit nights (-31.7%) and unit demand was 69,100 unit nights (-68.4%), resulting in 39.6 percent occupancy (-46.1 percentage points) with an ADR of $289 (-24.8%). Maui County hotels reported ADR at $451 and occupancy of 21.9 percent.

O‘ahu vacation rental supply was 97,400 available unit nights (-56.0%) in January. Unit demand was 45,200 unit nights (-74.8%), resulting in 46.4 percent occupancy (-34.6 percentage points) and an ADR of $198 (-14.6%). O‘ahu hotels reported ADR at $168 and occupancy of 23.6 percent.

The island of Hawai‘i vacation rental supply was 90,400 available unit nights (-52.2%) in January. Unit demand was 43,000 unit nights (-72.2%), resulting in 47.5 percent occupancy (-34.1 percentage points) with an ADR of $217 (-11.3%). Hawai‘i Island hotels reported ADR at $268 and occupancy of 26.9 percent.

Kaua‘i had the fewest number of available unit nights in January at 70,800 (-36.8%). Unit demand was 10,300 unit nights (-88.5%), resulting in 14.5 percent occupancy (-65.4 percentage points) with an ADR of $308 (-21.4%). Kaua‘i hotels reported ADR at $168 and occupancy of 18.4 percent.

Tables of vacation rental performance statistics, including data presented in the report are available for viewing online at: "infrastructure-research"




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