The Aloha State welcomed more visitors in February from its largest source market, U.S. states west of the Rockies, but arrivals from the rest of the U.S. mainland were off when compared with February 2014.
Overall arrivals to the state were up in February, climbing 2.3%, but total visitor spending sank 4.3%, to more than $1.2 billion, according to preliminary estimates released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) March 25.
More than 242,000 people traveled to Hawaii from the U.S. West during the month, a jump of 8.8% year over year, but total visitor spending from the market was essentially unchanged, improving less than a percentage point, to $373 million.
Arrivals from the U.S. East slipped 3.4%, while visitor spending from the market sank 13.7%, to $287.8 million.
Tourism expenditures from Japan, Hawaii’s largest international market, plunged more than 14% during the month, to $174.9 million.