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 $394 million.

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 foreign currencies.”

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