Visitor arrivals and spending in the Aloha State are up year to date, and that trend continued with a strong May, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Spending among visitors is up 9.8% and arrivals are up 4.2% in 2017 compared to the first five months of 2016. Visitors spent $1.3 billion statewide in May, an increase of 8.7% versus last year. Arrivals in May were up 4.5% compared to May 2016, with cruise ships delivering 49% more travelers than last year.
Compared to May 2016, Hawaii saw twice as many cruise ship arrivals in May 2017 with eight, including two ships, the Sirena and Emerald Princess, making their inaugural trips to the islands.
Hawaii's four largest feeder markets, U.S. West, U.S. East, Japan and Canada, all exhibited higher spending in May compared to the same month last year, and are also showing year-to-date growth. The U.S. West and Japan are leading the way with 14% jumps in visitor spending. All other international markets, though, have declined in year-to-date visitor spending, in part due to a 5% decline in arrivals from those regions.
Arrivals from Latin America and Korea are both down by double-digit percentage points year to date, with Korean travelers affected by one carrier's maintenance-related suspension of service to the islands.