Maui Visitor Numbers Continue To Climb

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.

October Tourism Survives Storms

Maui had growth in both visitor spending and visitor arrivals for the month of October in comparison to the same time last year according to the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Although visitor spending was down in August and September due to Hurricane Lane and Tropical Storm Olivia, spending was back up in October to $377 million. Even with the storms interrupting the months of August and September, for the 10 month span of January through October visitor spending was up 10.9% to $4.26 billion. This total puts Maui on track to break last year’s record.

Air travel to Maui has increased making it an easier destination for visitors which will in turn increase the amount of visitor spending. Although the tourism industry is fragile and affected by multiple sources, Maui remains focused on continuing to make Maui a top global destination.

Visitors Increase For Lanai And Molokai

Lanai had a 19.1% increase in visitors for the month of July as compared to the same time last year. Spending on Lanai increased over the year a whopping 67.9% to $8.6 million.

Molokai also saw increases in visitors and expenditures. Visitors increased by 32.2% and spending increased 109.5%.

The increase in Lanai is due largely to new visitors coming and staying at the recently redone Four Seasons Resort Lanai. The resort, formally the Manele Hotel, reopened in February 2016.

Overall vistors have increased 5.3 percent statewide. Visitor spending also grew to 4.8% in July, and 9.8% for the year to July totals.

Uber And Lyft Approved For Kahului Airport

Any transportation network companies that have been licensed by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission or a county agency, will soon be able to do drop-off and pickups at Kahului Airport.

This is the first the rules for commercial services for airport services have been amended since 2002. Uber and Lyft have been testing a pilot program since December last year. The pilot program found there was a need and interest in services at the airport.

The hope is for Maui to test a similar type of pilot program in the middle of September or early October. Honolulu has a designated area for ride share companies to do pick ups. Maui Airport officials have met with Uber and Lyft to hear how other cities do pickups and to make a plan to implement at the Kahului Airport.

Wailea Beach Villas #1 Again!

Wailea Beach Villas have again topped Conde Nast Traveler magazine as the #1 resort on Maui in 2017. Not only did it top the list for Maui it ranked #2 for all of Hawaii! Conde Nast Traveler magazine is one of the most well-known and respected travel and lifestyle magazines. To top two of their lists is truly a remarkable accomplishment!

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