HTA: Visitor spending up, arrivals down

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Tourism Authority says visitor spending in Hawaii grew 5.2 percent in July, despite a 1.9 percent decline in visitor arrivals.

HTA says contributing to the increase was higher daily per person spending of $177, up from $164 in July 2010. Total arrivals to the islands were 668,193 visitors.

"Hawaii's tourism economy continues to fare well despite global economic uncertainty, with an increase in arrivals and visitors who are staying longer and spending more than they did in 2010" said Mike McCartney, President and CEO Hawai'i Tourism Authority.

Arrivals from Canada jumping 28.6 percent and Japanese visitor spending rose 5.3 percent even though Japanese arrivals declined.

"We anticipate continued growth through the fourth quarter and into 2012 with the continuation of China Eastern Airlines' direct service from Shanghai and additional airlift and up-gauging of aircraft form Korea and Japan, Australia's Strategic Airlines launching of service from Brisbane and Melbourne" said McCartney.

Total visitor spending for the first seven months of the year increased 16.1 percent to $7.2 billion.

Other Highlights:

  • U.S. East arrivals decreased 6 percent from July 2010.
  • Japanese arrivals dropped 9.2 percent compared to July 2010
  • Arrivals from U.S. West (-1%) declined for a second month.
  • A total of 486 visitors arrived by cruise ship in July 2011, an off-season month for Hawai‘i's international cruise industry. No visitors came by cruise ship last July.
  • The decline in U.S. West and U.S. East visitors in July 2011 was expected due to three events held in July 2010 that did not take place in July 2011. Two large conventions and the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) multi-nation military exercise brought a considerable number of visitors to the islands last.

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