According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Hawaii saw the volume of air arrivals increase by 4.1% in November 2018, growing from 739,672 arrivals in November 2017 to 770,126 arrivals in November 2018. Air arrivals from the USA grew by 10.2%, from 454,892 in November 2017 to 501,237 in November 2018, grew by 3.1% from Japan (to 133,521 air arrivals). Air arrivals grew by 0.7% from Canada (to 52,757 air arrivals). Tourist spending in November fell by 0.3% to $1.283 billion.
Through the first eleven months of 2018 Hawaii saw a 6.2% increase in the volume of air arrivals, growing from 8,409,513 arrivals in the first eleven months of 2017 to 8,933,763 air arrivals in the same eleven months of 2018. Air arrivals from the USA increased by 9.3% in the first eleven months of 2018, growing from 5,289,219 air arrivals in 2017 to 5,778,352 air arrivals in the same eleven months of 2018 but fell 1.5% from Japan (to 1,440,289 air arrivals). They grew by 3.4% from Canada (to 465,497 air arrivals). Total tourist spending grew by 8.0% in the first eleven months of 2018, from $15.02 billion in 2017 to $16.22 billion in 2018.
Jim Hepple is an Assistant Professor at the University of Aruba and is Managing Director of Tourism Analytics.