According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii saw the volume of air arrivals increase by 4.0% in October 2018, growing from 718,961 arrivals in October 2017 to 747,926 arrivals in October 2018. Air arrivals from the USA grew by 8.6%, from 433,060 in October 2017 to 470,481 in October 2018, but declined 3.0% from Japan (to 130,809 air arrivals). The volume of air visitors grew by 1.5% from Canada (to 30,346 air arrivals). Tourist spending in October fell by 0.7% to $1.311 billion.
Through the first ten months of 2018 Hawaii saw a 6.4% increase in the volume of air arrivals, growing from 7,669,841 arrivals in the first ten months of 2017 to 8,163,637 air arrivals in the same ten months of 2018. Air arrivals from the USA increased by 9.2% in the first ten months of 2018, growing from 4,834,327 air arrivals in 2017 to 5,277,116 air arrivals in the same ten months of 2018 but fell 2.0% from Japan (to 1,306,769 air arrivals). They grew by 3.8% from Canada (to 412,740 air arrivals).
Total tourist spending increased by 8.8% in the first ten months of 2018, growing from $13.73 billion in 2017 to $14.93 billion in 2018. Average spend per visitor per day grew by 2.6%, from $198.10 per day in 2017 to $203.30 in 2018, while average spend per person per trip increased by 2.3%, from $1,765.90 in 2017 to $1,807.20 in 2018.
In the first ten months of 2018 34.3% of Hawaii’s tourists were visiting for the first time with 65.7% having visited the state before.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.