The Hawaiian Islands enjoyed impressive gains in visitor arrivals and spending from the domestic market in May, seeing both metrics jump substantially year over year.
The Aloha State welcomed more than 295,000 visitors from U.S. states west of the Rockies in May, a nearly 12% jump year over year, according to preliminary estimates by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Visitor spending from the U.S. West soared nearly 20% during the month, to more than $447 million.
Meanwhile, spending from the U.S. East surged 7.5% in May, to more than $302 million, while arrivals climbed 6.5%.
Arrivals from Japan, Hawaii’s largest international market, increased 3.6% in May, but total spending by Japanese travelers dropped 3.1%, to $167.8 million.
Through the first five months of this year, Hawaii has welcomed more 3.5 million total travelers, up 4.1% year over year, while total visitor expenditures climbed 2%, to more than $6.2 billion.