HONOLULU -- Hawaii's 3.4 million visitors in the first six months
of the year represented an 0.6% increase compared with last year's
Strong growth of arrivals from the U.S. mainland, up 5.5% with
1.8 million visitors for the period, was dampened by a continuing
The 1.1 million eastbound visitors, mostly Japanese, were down
7.7%, according to Department of Business, Economic Development and
However, DBEDT was encouraged by June's figures.
June's 4.1% increase in total arrivals was the largest monthly
visitor increase this year, noted Pearl Imada Iboshi, administrator
of DBEDT's research division.
June also had the largest monthly increase in visitor days (for
the six months total, visitor days were up 2.7% because of growth
in stays for mainland arrivals and a longer eastbound visitor
stay). "These statistics suggest an improved outlook for 1999,"
In June, mainland arrivals increased 7.5% while eastbound
visitors declined only 2.2%.
U.S. regions and states that showed double-digit growth for the
six-month period were: Oregon, up 17.7%; the west north central
region states, Missouri and Kansas to the Dakotas, up 15.9%, and
New Jersey, up 11.6%.
California, Hawaii's largest mainland market, showed a 3.3%
increase, with 583,220 visitors, for the six months, and a 16.9%
increase in June.
Of other westbound markets, Canadians totaled 163,180 for the
six months, a 15.6% increase; Europeans, totaling 88,730, increased