HONOLULU -- Visitors from the mainland U.S. are staying longer in
Hawaii, according to the latest report from the state Department of
Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
In September, mainland visitors stayed an average of 11.33 days
in Hawaii, up from 10.02 for September 2001.
A total of 462,139 visitors stayed a cumulative 4.4 million days
in September, slightly behind the all-time high of 4.5 million
visitor days for the month of September, recorded in 1997.
"The record level of domestic visitor days leading to the
second-highest September for total visitor days makes it clear that
we are beyond Sept. 11 and are seeing solid growth in our domestic
market and overall improvement in tourism," according to Seiji
Naya, director of the DBEDT.
On another positive note for the state, domestic arrivals rose
22.5% from previous-year levels. However, total visitor arrivals
remained down 4.8% year-to-date, and total visitor days were down