Led by its four major feeder markets, Hawaii saw year-over-year gains in total visitors and visitor spending through the first three quarters of 2017.
Spending from visitors increased 7% to more than $12.5 billion, generating $1.47 billion in tax revenue for the state. Total arrivals increased 5% to just over 7 million visitors. The Aloha State's four major source markets-- U.S. West, U.S. East, Japan and Canada -- drove the gains, each turning in double-digit percentage bumps in spending over the same period last year. Japan led the way with an 11% rise in spending through three quarters.
Hawaii Island, with new air service from Japan and the U.S. mainland this year, has demonstrated the biggest gains, a 16% increase in visitor spending. In September, Japan Airlines relaunched daily flights between Tokyo and Kona for the first time in seven years.
"The hard work by Hawaii's tourism industry professionals has produced strong results in the first three quarters of this year and continues to contribute significantly to the health of the State's economy," said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority in a statement.