Despite a dip in cruise ship arrivals, Hawaii's visitor and spending figures experienced year-over-year growth in October continuing a steady upward trend for the year.
Visitors to the Aloha State spent $1.3 billion in October 2017, a 4% increase over the same period last year. The total number of visitors to the state also increased by 3%, to 736,974 for the month, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
While arrivals by air were up by 4% to 718,248, the number of people coming by cruise ship dipped 21% to 18,716. The gains were led by the U.S. East market, with 8% more visitors than last year and a 13% increase in spending.
Another trend of note is increased interest in alternatives to hotels from Japanese and Canadian visitors. In October condominium use by visitors from Japan rose 33% compared to the same month in 2016, the seventh consecutive month of double-digit growth for condominium stays. For visitors from Canada, rental home use (40%) and timeshares (26%) were both up significantly for the month compared to October 2016.
Through the first 10 months of 2017, Hawaii has welcomed approximately 5% more visitors to the islands, who have bolstered total spending by 7% compared to the same period in 2016.