The Maui News - Occupancy at Maui hotels during the first half of the year ranked third among more than 38,000 "island and sun" properties worldwide, according to a new report by Honolulu-based Hospitality Advisors.
Maui's hotels enjoyed an average occupancy rate of 74.1 percent for the first six months of the year, up 2 percent over the first half of 2011.
O'ahu hotel occupancy ranked highest among Hawai'i's so-called global competitors at 84 percent, followed by Puerto Rico at 75.9 percent, according to the "Hawai'i Competitive Global Rankings" report. Kaua'i and Phuket, Thailand, rounded out the top five.
The report, based on international and U.S. hotel data complied by Smith Travel Research, covers more than 38,000 properties that represent approximately 5 million rooms.
In the revenue-per-available-room category, Maui hotels ranked highest among the main Hawaiian Islands, and second only to the Maldives archipelago.
Maui also ranked highest among the state's major islands for its average daily rate during the first six months of the year.
Maui hotels had an average daily rate of $262.54, ranking it fourth among its global competitors. The Maldives topped that category as well, with an average daily rate of $704.20, followed by French Polynesia and the Bahamas in second and third place, respectively.
Average daily rates on Kaua'i, Hawai'i Island and O'ahu ranked in the top 10.