The Aloha State saw visitor arrivals from its largest source market, U.S. states west of the Rockies, decline for an 11th straight month in June.


Hawaii welcomed more than 312,000 visitors from the U.S. West, a drop of 1.2% year over year, while arrivals from U.S. states east of the Rockies slipped less than a percentage point, to just over 170,000 travelers, according to data released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Aug. 4.

Total arrivals to the state improved nearly 2% year over year, however, bolstered in part by a 7% increase in Japanese visitors.

Overall visitor spending also improved slightly, climbing less than a percentage point, to $1.3 billion statewide.

“We anticipate seeing a bump in air seats from North America in the latter half of the year, specifically out of Los Angeles and Seattle,” Mike McCartney, HTA president and CEO, said in a statement. “Increased competition within these major hubs, along with the redeployment of aircrafts previously used for international routes to service domestic routes are contributing to the increase in air seats. However, more visitors are now booking travel within a shorter timeframe (from three to six months to 30 days), which causes more uncertainty in forecasting the second half of the year.”
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