The Hawaiian Islands set a new visitor arrivals peak for August, welcoming more than 755,000 people during the month, a 2.9% increase from the same 31-day period last year.
The record-setting total was bolstered by growth form Hawaii’s largest source market, U.S. states west of the Rockies, which produced more than 313,000 August visitors, an increase of 2.8% over the same month in 2014, according to preliminary data released Sept. 28 by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).
Visitor totals also improved from the U.S. East and from Canada, climbing by 2.4% and 8.8% respectively, while arrivals from Japan, the Aloha State’s largest international market, were essentially flat.
Lower average daily spend totals kept the overall visitor expenditures figure for August largely unchanged year over year, however, as total spend for the month dropped less than one percentage point, to $1.3 billion.
“While the growth in August was not as strong as in previous months, Hawaii’s visitor industry continues to exceed 2014 records in spending and arrivals,” George Szigeti, the HTA president and CEO, said in a statement. “Spending reached $10.3 billion for the first eight months of 2015.”
Szigeti added that air seats to the Hawaiian Islands are also at an all-time high, but he cautioned that a number of factors could have negative impacts on the state’s tourism business in months ahead.
“While we are pleased with this continued growth for the lead economic driver for the state, we are monitoring various conditions that could impact our industry,” he explained. “Fuel prices have been dropping, the international stock market continues to be in-flux, and economic conditions in both Europe and Asia have been unstable. All of these factors could have a potential impact on spending and arrivals to the state.”