Rental automobile costs skyrocket as Hawaii sees surge in vacationers

HONOLULU (AP) – A latest wave of vacationers to Hawaii has pushed up rental automobile costs after fleets had been lower in the course of the pandemic.

Some companies in Honolulu solely had giant vans for $ 500 a day and convertibles for $ 1,000 a day or extra, Hawaii Information Now reported Monday.

Timo Lee, a part-time Honolulu resident, mentioned some distributors she had checked with had been “fully out of inventory.”

“Some firms have vehicles, however they’re very costly,” she added.

The pandemic resulted in a restricted rental stock.

“As a result of pandemic, automobile rental firms had nowhere to place all of the vehicles. So what they needed to do is eliminate it. They needed to promote them, ”mentioned Jerry Agrusa, professor within the College of Journey Trade Administration on the College of Hawaii.

Uncertainty over the return of tourism is one other issue behind the excessive costs, he mentioned.

Automotive rental charges in Kauai have remained beneath $ 100 per day, which Agrusa says is as a result of island nonetheless having stricter quarantine and testing guidelines in place till April 5.

The islands have seen a surge in customer numbers in latest weeks as native coronavirus restrictions ease and extra folks throughout the nation start to journey.

“It appears like we have come again to 110 mph simply over the previous two weeks,” Lindsey Dymond, proprietor of Kalapawai Cafe, advised Hawaii Information Now. “I used to be right here on the Kailua metropolis location over the Saturday weekend, and it appeared like Kailua from 2019.”

She mentioned the brand new arrivals additionally meant a return to visitors jams on native roads. “The visitors was a nightmare,” Dymond mentioned.

Some guests agreed. “I did not anticipate Hawaii to have a lot visitors,” mentioned Daniela Hayek, who’s from Philadelphia.

In Maui, the most cost effective rental automobile was $ 722 per day for a sedan, in accordance with Hawaii Information Now. There have been over 25,000 guests to Maui from Friday to Sunday.

Maui has additionally seen a latest spike in COVID-19 circumstances, and the island’s mayor is warning guests to observe native warrants.

“You see these folks on the seaside right here, they’re guests and so they’re not carrying masks,” Mayor Mike Victorino mentioned. “If you cannot obey our guidelines, do not come if you cannot put on a masks or do what’s proper.”

Hawaii nonetheless requires folks to put on masks, together with outside when social distancing just isn’t doable.

“I do not care should you’re from Texas, I do not care should you’re from Mississippi, or any state that does not require it,” Victorino mentioned. “Right here in Hawaii and Maui County, it is a warrant.”

The mayor mentioned he was contemplating extra choices to assist curb the unfold of COVID-19, together with a post-travel take a look at for all vacationers and tighter native restrictions.

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