Even before mandatory quarantine went into effect, arrivals by air had dropped 87%

FILE - In this Monday, March 13, 2017, file photo, people relax on the beach in Waikiki in...
FILE - In this Monday, March 13, 2017, file photo, people relax on the beach in Waikiki in Honolulu.(Caleb Jones | AP)
Updated: Mar. 25, 2020 at 9:42 PM HST
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HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Tourism to Hawaii has slowed to a trickle — and is expected to further decline as a mandatory quarantine for incoming travelers goes into effect.

According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, 4,131 travelers arrived in Hawaii by air on Tuesday from the mainland and international destinations. The figure includes both returning residents and visitors.

That is a more than 87% drop in arrivals from the same time last year.

On March 16, the number of documented daily overseas travelers sat at 20,485.

That was a day before Gov. Ige encouraged visitors to postpone their trips as he began announcing measure to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Hawaii.

Chart showing drastic decline in visitor arrivals.
Chart showing drastic decline in visitor arrivals.(Hawaii Tourism Authority)

According to data from the HTA, international arrivals from visitors in Japan began to drastically dip in mid-February, as the coronavirus started hitting hard in countries around the world.

According to the county by county breakdown, Oahu still saw more than 3,300 arrivals at the airport on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Kauai’s arrivals shrank to just 38 passengers that same day. Maui saw 399 and Hawaii Island had 360.

The drastic drop has forced many tourism industry workers to file for unemployement as hotels and restaurants remain closed until April 30, as mandated by government officials to enhance social distancing practices.

The HTA tracks arrival data and publishes it on its website. Click here to view more.

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