According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii saw the volume of air arrivals increase by 4.1% in March 2019, growing from 890,366 arrivals in March 2018 to 927,246 arrivals in March 2019. Air arrivals from the USA grew by 7.6%, from 577,387 in March 2018 to 621,474 in March 2019, grew by 0.4% from Japan (to 139,741 air arrivals). Air arrivals grew by 1.3% from Canada (to 75,610 air arrivals). Tourist spending in March fell by 2.6% to $1.503 billion.
Through the first three months of 2019 Hawaii saw a 2.6% increase in the volume of air arrivals, growing from 2,438,647 arrivals in the first three months of 2018 to 2,502,636 air arrivals in the same three months of 2019. Air arrivals from the USA increased by 5.2% in the first three months of 2019, growing from 1,529,957 air arrivals in 2018 to 1,609,481 air arrivals in the same three months of 2019, increased by 2.2% from Japan (to 391,228 air arrivals) and grew by 0.9% from Canada (to 209,525 air arrivals).
Total tourist spending by air visitors decreased by 2.4% in the first three months of 2019, falling from $4.62 billion in 2018 to $4.51 billion in 2019. Average spend per visitor per day fell by 2.6%, from $202.8 per day in 2018 to $197.5 in 2019, while average spend per person per trip fell by 4.9%, from $1,893.40 in 2018 to $1,800.60 in 2019.
In the first three months of 2019 30.0% of Hawaii’s tourists were visiting for the first time with 70.0% having visited the state before.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.