Visitors in the first half of 2017 spent a total of $8.4 billion in the Hawaiian Islands, an increase of 8.7 percent compared to the first half of 2016, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).
Total visitor arrivals rose 4.3 percent to 4,604,976 compared to a year ago, boosted by growth in arrivals by air (up four per cent) and arrivals by cruise ships (up 23.9 per cent).
Through the first half of 2017, Hawaii’s four largest visitor markets all reported double-digit gains in visitor spending: U.S. West (+11.5 per cent), U.S. East (+11.3 per cent), Japan (+13.6 per cent) and Canada (+10.4 per cent).
Significantly more visitors from Canada stayed in rental homes (+22 per cent) in the first half of 2017 versus last year. Daily spending by visitors increased to $165 per person (+5.3 per cent) in the first half of 2017. Lodging, entertainment and recreation expenses were higher, while shopping and food and beverage expenses were comparable to a year ago.
However, visitor spending from All Other International markets declined in the first half of 2017 (-3.8 per cent to $1.4 billion) year-over-year, due to decreased visitor arrivals (-4.3 per cent) and lower daily spending.
All four larger Hawaiian Islands realized growth in visitor spending and arrivals in the first half of 2017 compared to a year ago.