HONOLULU -- Hawaii suffered its fourth consecutive month of Asian
visitor decline in May.
According to the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, the
decline overshadows a strong U.S. mainland performance and has hit
Oahu the hardest.
Arrivals totaled 525,720 in May, 0.9% fewer than in the month
last year, with surging mainland arrivals up 12.5% and those
arriving eastbound down 11.7%.
According to Tony Vericella, the HVCB's president, Oahu is the
only major island that routinely hosts more eastbound than
westbound visitors and was the only one with a May decline in total
He also noted the continued erosion of Hawaii's first-time
visitors. "This hurts Oahu, which hosts most of our first-time
visitors," he said.
For the first five months, Oahu had a 3.5% visitor decline;
Kauai was down 0.2%; Maui, up 4.6%, and the Big Island, up 7%.
Total arrivals for the period stood at 2.8 million, down 0.5%,
with the 1.46 million mainland visitors up 7.5% and eastbound
totaling almost 1 million, down 7.6%.