Labor day typically marks the unofficial end of summer with many hitting the road for a final get-a-way.
Here at home, the holiday weekend is offering a much needed boost for Hawaii’s economy with many crossing their fingers the trend will continue.
The labor day weekend is proving to be a strong finish for summer tourism numbers.
Tina Oday, who’s visiting from Guam says, “I am a little surprised at how busy the hotels are and how full they are and the events.”
Waikiki hotel officials say most are seeing occupancy rates close to 100%. “It is a good thing everyone should come to Hawaii, ” adds Oday.
Oday says she’s seen the boom in visitors compared to last year.”And it seems I would say the first time we came about a year and a half ago it was sluggish at best and now it just seems like everybody is back on track for vacation.”
According to AAA around 31 million Americans are traveling this holiday weekend, that’s a 10% increase from last year and Hawaii is reaping the benefits.
“Its been really crazy, for you five to six hours straight a night we’ve had customers all around lining up inside and outside, there was a lot of business going on,” said Leah Marie Rehfeldt, Lappert’s Ice Cream& Coffee.
The most recent Hawaii Tourism Authority visitor report shows visitor spending and arrivals is up for the eighth consecutive month, and its hoped the trend continues.
Travel industry experts credit the rebounding global economy for the up-tick in travel, but some say even though the visitors are up not everyone is spending.
The owner of the Bonita Kiosk at the Hilton Hawaiian Village says typically the winter season brings big spenders who tend to shop a little more.
“There was a lot of people walking around a lot of people and it was ok not a lot of people was buying but we had some a lot of traffic going around,” says Vardit Hacmon, Bonita.