Hawaii Visitor Spending Boosts 2017 Number

Hawaii Visitor Spending Rises 9%

According to an initial analysis of statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), visitor spending increased by 8.7% compared to the first half of 2016. Visitor spending through the first two quarters of 2017 was $8.4 billion across the entire state.

Compared to last year, an increase in arrivals by air travel (up 4% to 4,534,893) and cruise ships (up 23.9% to 70,083) contributed to a 4.3% increase in the total number of visitors.

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“Our state’s economy benefited from the consistently strong travel demand that Hawaii realized in the first half of the year, especially from the mainland U.S., Japan and Canada,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the HTA, via a written statement. He went on to add, “Visitor spending statewide grew by 8.7 percent through the first six months, which strengthened Hawaii’s economy as a whole and also generated $976 million in state tax revenue, an increase of $78.3 million.”

The first half of 2017 indicate favorable numbers for the economy, thanks to 4 of Hawaii’s largest visitor markets which all saw double-digit increases in visitor spending.

The U.S. west coast leads the way with a spike of 11.5% to $3.1 billion; the U.S. east coast was second with an increase of 11.3% to $2.2 billion; third was Japan with a 13.6% growth to $1.1 billion; and finally Canada with a 10.4% climb to $607.8 million despite a declining Canadian dollar.

Obviously, the spending increases correlate with a rise in arrivals from the 4 major visitor markets. Arrivals from U.S. west coast were up 3.3%, U.S. east coast were up 7.9%, Japan were up 6.9% and Canada were up 7%.

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Szigeti had plenty of praise for the individuals who make Hawaii such a great experience, “These statewide results and Hawaii’s ability to successfully compete with other global destinations is shared by all of our tourism stakeholders and industry professionals who make being in the Hawaiian Islands such a wonderfully enjoyable experience for visitors from around the world.”

Although the U.S west & east coast, Japan, and Canada played a hand in increased spending, all other visitor spending from other international markets underwhelmed. The first 6 months of 2017 indicate a decrease in spending of 3.8% to $1.4 billion.

With state’s reliance on tourism, it is great to see it has been a profitable sector. All 4 of the major islands for visitor destinations saw growth in visitor spending and arrivals in the 1st 6 months of 2017 vs 2016. Hawaii Island or AKA the Big Island, saw the biggest growth and is the only island able to to claim double-digit growth which was supported by an increased amount of direct flights from the U.S and Japan to Hawaii.

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Statewide average daily spending in June of 2017 is down 0.1% to $193 per person. Visitors from Canada, U.S. east coast, and Japan spent the most, while the U.S. west coast and other international markets spent the least.

“As global competition expands and diversifies giving travelers more options, the sharing of the Hawaiian culture, the warmth of our aloha spirit lifestyle and goodwill of our residents distinguishes Hawaii as a place to come enjoy and experience, in many cases, again and again,” said Szigeti. “Mahalo to everyone who contributes to tourism’s vitality and the benefits it brings to communities and families statewide.”

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