Tourists almost back to pre-pandemic levels. Per Howard Dicus this morning on the news he stated that in February over $1.6 billion was spent by tourists.
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Howard Dicus on Tourism
Today Howard Dicus, the business reporter for Hawaii News Now, mentioned this morning on his Tourism Report that the majority of Hawaii’s Tourists noted as of today are from the West and East Coasts of the US and very few from the Foreign Tourism Industry such as Canada, Japan, etc.
Maui Visitor Stats
Visitor count from July 2022 to Maui was the highest it has been since January 2020. $1.94 billion was spent. An increase for July 2019 of $1.70 billion. The economic recovery is expected to continue with travelers expected to slowly increase from Japan this winter season.
Hotel Set To Open In April
The AC Hotel by Marriott Maui Wailea is set to open in April. Originally, the hotel was scheduled to open this month but was delayed.
The hotel will have 110 rooms and 12 suites on 3 acres. The hotel will have a fitness center, infinity-edge pool and business center.
The hotel has already started to accept reservations for the April opening.
Southwests Inaugural Flight
Southwest Airlines had their inaugural flight to Maui from Oakland on Sunday, April 7th. The first departure flight is schedule for today from Kahului back to Oakland. Starting on Wednesday, flights will increase to two flights per day in each direction.
Travelers departing the aircraft were greeted with lei’s, goodie bags, and food! Passengers described the crew as welcoming and the flight entertaining. Maui singer and songwriter Lily Meola was on board and played a few songs for the 175 passengers.
A special blessing was done on the aircraft after the passengers had disembarked. A lolo ana ceremony, traditionally done on new canoes, was done by Kumu Kapono Kamaunu and Ua Aloha Maji. The ceremony is meant to bring a connection between the pilots and crew to the land.
Service on Southwest to Maui from San Jose will begin at the end of May. Dates for service from Sacramento, San Diego, and Lihue will be announced in the future.