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.
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.
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.
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.
With an increase of over 6% in 2017, the number of visitors traveling to Maui could hit the 3 million mark for 2019. Visitor spending also increased by over 8% to $5.07 billion.
Hawaii overall is expected to surpass 10 million visitors for 2018. This is an increase of 1.8% according to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. Expected visitor spending is over $19 billion. There was on average 242,629 visitors in the Hawaiian Islands on any given day during 2018.
In an effort to balance the impact of so many visitors, changes in promotional tactics have been started. New videos focusing on the cultural appreciation, ocean health and safety, have started playing on social media, resort websites, and in hotel rooms.