Hawaii Visitor Spending Increased 4.8 Percent to $1.66 Billion in July 2018
News Release from HTA, August 30, 2018
HONOLULU – Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.66 billion in July 2018, an increase of 4.8 percent compared to a year ago, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).
Among Hawaii’s four largest visitor markets, the U.S. West (+6.2% to $636.2 million), Japan (+7.2% to $206.4 million) and Canada (+18.8% to $55.3 million) reported gains in visitor spending, while growth from the U.S. East was flat (+0.4% to $454.3 million) compared to a year ago. Combined visitor spending from All Other International Markets (+5.1% to $310.4 million) increased in July.
On a statewide level, there was no growth in visitor spending on an average daily basis (-0.4% to $195 per person) in July versus last year. Visitors from Japan (+5.4%), Canada (+8.3%) and All Other International Markets (+1.5%) spent more per day than in July 2017, while visitors from U.S. East (-3.9%) and U.S. West (-0.7%) spent less.
Total visitor arrivals rose 5.3 percent to 939,360 visitors in July – the most ever for any month in Hawaii’s history – comprised of arrivals by air service (+5.7% to 938,608 visitors) and cruise ships (-79.3% to 752 visitors). Total visitor days rose 5.3 percent. The average daily census, or the number of visitors on any given day in July statewide, was 274,883, up 5.3 percent from last year.
Visitor arrivals by air service increased from U.S. West (+9.1% to 420,204), U.S. East (+6.8% to 222,694), Japan (+1.3% to 138,060) and Canada (+3.1% to 27,527), but declined from All Other International Markets (-1% to 130,122).
Oahu recorded increases in both visitor spending (+1.2% to $773.7 million) and visitor arrivals (+2% to 566,059) in July compared to last year. Maui also saw growth in visitor spending (+11.3% to $481.5 million) and arrivals (+12.7% to 295,110), as did Kauai with gains in visitor spending (+17.6% to $194.6 million) and arrivals (+7.3% to 137,641). The island of Hawaii recorded decreases in visitor spending (-7.2% to $201.1 million) and arrivals (-12.7% to 153,906) compared to last year.
A total of 1,203,885 trans-Pacific air seats – the highest monthly total in Hawaii’s history – serviced the Hawaiian Islands in July, up 5.6 percent from a year ago with growth in air seat capacity from U.S. East (+8.5%), Oceania (+8.3%), U.S. West (+7.3%), and Canada (+1.9%) offsetting fewer seats from Other Asia (-8.3%) and Japan (-1%).
Year-to-date through July 2018, statewide visitor spending of $10.92 billion (+9.8%) surpassed the results for the same period last year. Visitor spending increased from U.S. West (+9.8% to $4.02 billion), U.S. East (+9.2% to $2.91 billion), Japan (+7.2% to $1.34 billion), Canada (+7.6% to $705.3 million) and from All Other International Markets (+13.7% to $1.92 billion).
Statewide average daily spending by visitors rose to $205 per person (+2.7%) through the first seven months of 2018.
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