Hawaii visitor arrivals and tourism expenditures down

HONOLULU - October 2013 was the second month that total visitor expenditures (-2.6% to $1.1 billion1) and visitor arrivals (-1.6% to 636,245 visitors) to Hawaii were less than the previous year, accor

Hawaii visitor arrivals and tourism expenditures down

HONOLULU – October 2013 was the second month that total visitor expenditures (-2.6% to $1.1 billion1) and visitor arrivals (-1.6% to 636,245 visitors) to Hawaii were less than the previous year, according to preliminary statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Hawaii has witnessed slower growth in visitor arrivals since July 2013. The average daily visitor spending for October 2013 was down 1.5 percent to $195 per person. For the first 10 months of 2013, total visitor expenditures (+3.4% to $12.1 billion) and arrivals (+3.9% to 6,893,038 visitors) remained ahead of year-to-date 2012.

Expenditures by U.S. West visitors for the month of October 2013 fell 7 percent to $350.8 million, as a result of decreases in arrivals (-8% to 234,274 visitors) and daily spending (-1.1% to $155 per person). U.S. East arrivals dropped 3.8 percent to 112,807 visitors and U.S. East visitor expenditures totaled $236.7 million, down 2.2 percent compared to October 2012.

Japanese arrivals rose 9.4 percent to 139,025 visitors in October 2013. However, lower daily spending (-10.5% to $293 per person) resulted in a 2.3 percent decline in Japanese visitor expenditures to $232.4 million. Canadian visitor expenditures grew 1.3 percent to $59.4 million, boosted by a 4.8 percent growth in arrivals (to 29,957 visitors).

Arrivals from All Other markets were up 4.8 percent to 95,434 visitors, with significantly more visitors from Oceania (+27.1%) and a 9.6 percent growth from Europe. Arrivals from Other Asia (-0.9%) were comparable to last October (see page 2). Combined expenditures from All Other visitors grew 4.1 percent to $205.2 million. Arrivals by cruise ships decreased 11.4 percent from October 2012 to 24,748 visitors (see page 6).

Among the islands, visitor expenditures in October 2013 declined on Oahu (-10.2%) but rose on Kauai (+15.4%), Hawaii Island (+11.7%) and Maui (+1.1%) (See page 4).

There were 851,205 total air seats to Hawaii in October 2013, up 1.3 percent compared to 2012. Growth in scheduled seats from Oceania (+54.5%), Other Asia (+20.8%) and Japan (+12.3%) offset declines from U.S. West (-4.8%) and U.S. East (-8.7%) (See page 5).

Year-to-Date 2013:

Expenditures by U.S. West (+5.8% to $4 billion), U.S. East (+5.9% to $3 billion) and Canadian (+1.7% to $806.3 million) visitors increased, but expenditures by Japanese visitors declined (-7.8% to $2.1 billion). Arrivals from U.S. West (+3.3%), U.S. East (+1.1%), Japan (+3.9%) and Canada (+3.1%) showed moderate growth, while arrivals from Oceania (+29.9%), Other Asia (+21%), Europe (+10.5%) and Latin America (+21.4%) were much higher compared to year-to-date 2012.

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