August turns out to have been a third month of higher visitor arrivals despite low airline seats to Hawaii.
The 780,723 who visited Hawaii in August – and spent $1.3 billion, up 5.1% from last year – did so despite a small decline in air capacity, which usually results in a decline in traffic.
This strong performance happened despite small declines in visitors from Japan and Canada, compared to the same month last year, a larger decline from China, and mostly higher room rates for those who did visit.
Spending was up despite shortage stays by all the major visitor groups except “All Others,” which includes Australians, New Zealanders and Koreans.
This is especially noteworthy given that the Australian dollar has been trading at about $1.30 to the U.S. dollar all summer, which meant less spending money after converting Aussie money to American.
The first estimate of September arrivals shows an increase of more than 3% from last year, again despite flattening capacity. Officials will learn later how long those arrivals stayed and how much they spent.