Hawaii visitor spending rose by 8.7% in the first half of 2017


As per preliminary statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), in the first half of 2017, visitor spent a total of $8.4 billion in the Hawaiian Islands, an increase of 8.7% compared to the first half of 2016. Total visitor arrivals also rose by 4.3% to 4,604,976 compared to a year ago, boosted by growth in arrivals by air (+4% to 4,534,893) and cruise ships (+23.9% to 70,083).

During that same time, Hawaii’s four largest visitor markets were U.S. West (+11.5% to $3.1 billion), U.S. East (+11.3% to $2.2 billion), Japan (+13.6% to $1.1 billion) and Canada (+10.4% to $608.7 million), all of which reported a double-digit increase in visitor spending. Additionally, daily spending by these visitors was higher than the first half of 2016.

In June 2017, total visitor spending increased 3.7% to $1.4 billion versus last year. Visitor spending increased from U.S. East (+10.9% to $427 million), Japan (+9.3% to $183.5 million) and Canada (+18.4% to $37.2 million).

Total arrivals rose 4.5% in June 2017 with more visitors coming from U.S. East (+10.3%), U.S. West (+2.7%), Japan (+7%) and Canada (+7.2%).

Statewide average daily spending of $193 per person (+0.1%) in June 2017 was similar to last year. While, visitors from Canada (+8.9%), U.S. East (+3%) and Japan (+0.8%) spent more compared to June 2016.