According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii saw the volume of air arrivals increase by 3.5% in September 2018, growing from 690,763 arrivals in September 2017 to 715,191 arrivals in September 2018. Air arrivals from the USA grew by 7.1%, from 405,127 in September 2017 to 434,037 in September 2018, but declined 4.0% from Japan (to 131,920 air arrivals) and by 6.2% from Canada (to 21,566 air arrivals). Tourist spending in September grew by 6.4% to $1.28 billion.
Through the first nine months of 2018 Hawaii saw a 6.7% increase in the volume of air arrivals, growing from 6,950,879 arrivals in the first nine months of 2017 to 7,415,711 air arrivals in the same nine months of 2018. Air arrivals from the USA increased by 9.2% in the first nine months of 2018, growing from 4,401,321 air arrivals in 2017 to 4,806,635 air arrivals in the same nine months of 2018 but fell 1.9% from Japan (to 1,175,960 air arrivals) and grew by 4.0% from Canada (to 382,394 air arrivals).
Total tourist spending increased by 9.8% in the first nine months of 2018, growing from $12.4 billion in 2017 to $13.6 billion in 2018. Average spend per visitor per day grew by 0.5%, from $203.30 per day in 2017 to $204.40 in 2018, while average send per person per trip increased by 2.8%, from $1,723.70 in 2017 to $1,771.70 in 2018.
In the first nine months of 2018 43.5% of Hawaii’s tourists were visiting for the first time with 56.5% having visited the state before.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.