HTA: January visitor arrivals were up, but visitor spending was down

HTA: January visitor arrivals were up, but visitor spending was down
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Visitor arrivals were up overall in January from a year ago, but total visitor spending was down, according to new released figures from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The agency said that 820,621 visitors arrived in the islands last month, up 3 percent from January 2018.

But visitor spending declined 3.8 percent in January from the year before, to $1.62 billion.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority report blames the decline in spending in part on a disappointing month for the Neighbor Islands.

Maui saw a 14 percent drop in visitor spending last month compared to a year ago, even down visitor arrivals grew by about 1 percent (to 233,3210. Meanwhile, both the Big Island and Kauai saw visitor arrivals and spending drop.

Oahu, however, saw a nearly 7 percent jump in visitor spending in January (to $706 million) and a 7 percent increased in visitor arrivals (to 491,922).

  • Hawaii saw sizable jumps in visitors from the U.S. West, but their daily spending dropped to $180 due in large part to decreases in lodging and food and beverage expenses.
  • Visitors from Japan also spent less in January. Average daily spending was about $238 per person, down 11 percent from a year ago.
  • On any given day in January, Oahu had an average of about 118,000 tourists. That compares to 70,000 for Maui, 43,000 for the Big Island and 30,000 for Kauai.

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