Thursday, May 27, 2010
Visitor spending in Hawaii increased a modest 0.5 percent year over year to $760.2 million in April, marking two straight months of growth, according to preliminary data released Thursday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Visitors from the U.S. West, Hawaii’s biggest market, spent $296.8 million in April, a 5.6 percent increase from the year before.
The biggest percentage increase in visitor spending came from Canadians, who spent 24.5 percent more in April, totaling $60.2 million.
The slight boost in visitor spending came courtesy of a 1.1 percent increase in visitor arrivals by air — to 536,194.
Hawaii saw a boost in visitors from the U.S. West and Canada, with increases of 5.8 percent and 2 percent, respectively. But visitor arrivals from both the U.S. East and Japan were down for the month, by 4.7 percent and 1.4 percent, respectively.
The statistics measure spending by visitors who arrive by air and do not factor in spending from cruise ship passengers.
Overall visitor arrivals by air and cruise ship (which brought in 15,865 visitors in April) increased by 1.9 percent to a total of 552,059 visitors year over year.
Among the major Hawaiian islands, Maui continued to see the biggest increase in visitor arrivals, up 3 percent to 161,140 in April. It is the only island to see continuous growth in visitor arrivals since the start of the year.
Maui also saw an 8.9 percent increase in visitor spending in April, which totaled $202.1 million.
Year-over-year results from Hawaii’s top visitor markets for April:
• 5.8 percent increase in arrivals by air (245,203 visitors) from the U.S. West;
• 4.7 percent decline in arrivals by air (119,768 visitors) from the U.S. East;
• 1.4 percent decline in arrivals (83,230 visitors) from Japan;
• 2 percent increase in arrivals (33,259 visitors) from Canada.