The Hawaiian Islands welcomed more than 240,000 travelers this
January from its largest source market, U.S. states west of the Rockies, an
increase of nearly 4% over the same month last year.
Visitor arrivals from U.S. states east of the Rockies were
also up, climbing less than a percentage point, to more than 147,000 travelers,
according to preliminary estimates released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority
(HTA) late last month.
Total visitor spending from the U.S. West improved nearly 4%
year over year, to more than $422 million in January. Tourism spending from the
U.S. East was essentially unchanged, slipping less than a percentage point, to
Total visitor arrivals to Hawaii in January were down,
however, slipping 2.5% overall during the month as the destination saw a nearly
5% year-over-year decline in Japanese travelers, the Aloha State’s largest
international market. Spending by Japanese visitors plunged 10.6%, to $168
million during the month.
Ronald Williams, the HTA’s CEO, attributed the decline in
overall visitor arrivals and visitor spending, which was down 2.5% year over
year in January, to $1.4 billion, to a nearly 1% reduction in international air
seats to Hawaii and “the continued strengthening of the U.S. dollar against