Hawaii sets undesirable visitor record

Hawaii’s August decline in visitors from the U.S. West Coast was the largest monthly drop on record, according to the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT).

A total of 260,780 visitors from the West Coast flew to Hawaii in August, a 24.2% decrease. Arrivals from the East Coast and Japan were down 16.5% and 13.9%, respectively. Hawaii’s number of total air visitors in August was down 17.3%, to 606,342.

"Hawaii’s visitor industry is feeling the effects of the continued softness in the national economy," said State Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert. “The performance of Hawaii’s summer season exemplifies the volatility of the visitor industry on uncontrollable outside factors. Rising fuel prices, the loss of two Norwegian Cruise Line ships and a decrease in international cruise ship visits, the mortgage crisis and [decreasing] consumer confidence have all played a part in tourism’s decline.”

Total visitor expenditures by air visitors in August dropped 17.6%, to $970.7 million. Daily spending was down 3.1%, to $174 per person.

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