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Visitor Spending Increased 10.1 Percent to $1.6 Billion in January 2017 Visitor Arrivals Grew by 4.9 Percent

News Release from HTA, February 28, 2017

HONOLULU – Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands in January 2017 spent a total of $1.6 billion, which was an increase of 10.1 percent compared to January 2016, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA).

Total visitor arrivals to Hawai‘i rose 4.9 percent to 756,313 visitors in January 2017, with total visitor days also increasing by 3.9 percent year-over-year versus January 2016.

Visitor spending increased from U.S. West (+19.8% to $544 million), U.S. East (+6.7% to $433.1 million) and Japan (+26.5% to $200.4 million), while spending by visitors from All Other International Markets (-4.3% to $265.7 million) and Canada (-0.6% to $158.4 million) decreased compared to January 2016.

Statewide average daily spending was higher (+6% to $208 per person) in January 2017 than January 2016. Visitors spent more per day from U.S. West (+15.2% to $198 per person), Japan (+14.6% to $273 per person), Canada (+2.8% to $172 per person) and U.S. East (+2.6% to $207 per person), while visitors from All Other International Markets spent less (-7.3% to $232 per person).

A total of 738,883 visitors (+4.1%) arrived in Hawai‘i by air in January 2017, while 17,430 visitors (+58.3%) came aboard cruise ships. Arrivals by air increased from U.S. West (+4.5% to 266,780), U.S. East (+6.3% to 172,680), Japan (+6.9% to 123,390) and Canada (+2% to 65,048), while arrivals decreased from All Other International Markets (-1.9% to 110,986).

All of the Hawaiian Islands saw growth in visitor arrivals compared to January 2016. Visitor spending increased on O‘ahu, Kaua‘i, Moloka‘i, Lāna‘i, and the island of Hawai‘i, but decreased on Maui.

The total number of air seats serving Hawai‘i (+0.2% to 1,024,115) in January 2017 was similar to January 2016. Growth in scheduled seats from U.S. East (+13.4%), Other Asia (+8.7%) and Japan (+8.2%) was partially offset by fewer seats from Oceania (-9.7%), U.S. West (-3.3%) and Canada (-2.7%).

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