November marked the sixth consecutive month Hawaii experienced a year-over-year increase in visitor spending in what has rounded out into a very strong 2016 for the state's tourism industry.
Visitors to the islands spent $1.2 billion in November, a 5.6% increase compared to November 2015, according to preliminary statistics from the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).
The total number of visitors in November set a record for the month, with 696,890 people traveling to the state.
Increases in spending from visitors arriving from the U.S. West, U.S. East, Japan and other international markets more than compensated for a decrease in spending by visitors from Canada.
Arrivals via cruise ships were up year over year for the month, but overall arrivals from cruises are down in 2016. Five out-of-state cruise ships brought 9,920 visitors in November compared to three ships that carried 6,325 visitors in November 2015. Yet, year-to-date through November, 99,859 visitors came to Hawaii on 51 out of-state cruise ships, compared to the 109,793 visitors who came on 60 cruise ships for the same period in 2015, a decrease of 9%. A Hawaii home-ported cruise ship, Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America, spending four weeks in drydock earlier this year, contributed to the decline, according to the HTA.
Total arrivals by air, on the other hand, are up 3.1% year to date, from about 7.8 million to just over 8 million.
Through the first 11 months of 2016, statewide visitors arrivals were up 3%, to about 8.1 million, and visitor spending has increased 4.1%, to $14 billion.