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October visitor traffic stronger than expected

By Howard Dicus - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - One third of the way through October, this off-season month is seeing 12% more arrivals by air than during the same period last year.

Arrivals for Oct. 1-10  came to 224,199, compared to just 199,838 in the same period last year, based on daily arrivals tallies by the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism. The comparison is to Oct. 2-11, 2009, in order to compare Sundays to Sundays, Mondays to Mondays, etc.

Arrivals from Japan are flat - up less than 1% from last year - but the arrivals counts from the mainland show year-to-year increases to all four operating counties:

  • Oahu 110,000, up 9,000, or 9%.
  • Maui 40,000, up 10,000, or 32%.
  • Big Island 15,000, up 3,000, or 26%.
  • Kauai 11,000, up 1,000, or 9%.

Arrivals include returning locals, which are often reckoned to be about 13% of all arrivals. Canadian arrivals are counted as domestic arrivals until DBEDT gets more data later for its detailed monthly reports.

Total arrivals for recent months:

  • May 633,000, up 22,000, or 4%.
  • June 737,000, up 87,000, or 14%.
  • July 790,000, up 64,000, or 9%.
  • August 740,000, up 51,000, or 7%.
  • September 616,000, up 51,000, or 9%.

The larger year-to-year increase in June reflected a return of Japanese visitors who stayed away in June 2009 during the swine flu scare.

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