The Hawaiian Islands set a new visitor arrivals record in July, welcoming more than 816,000 travelers and eclipsing the previous all-time peak for any month.
Overall visitor arrivals were up 5.6% year over in July, bolstered by a 7.2% gain from U.S. states west of the Rockies, the destination’s largest source market. Arrivals from the U.S. East also grew, climbing nearly 5% over the same month in 2014, according to preliminary estimates released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) Aug. 26.
“The growth we have been experiencing is keeping us on track for another milestone year for Hawaii’s visitor industry,” George Szigeti, the HTA president and CEO, said in a statement. “While the growth is not as significant as in previous years, we are still projecting to reach new records in spending and arrivals for 2015.”
Hawaii also saw visitor spending increase in July, climbing 4% year over year to more than $1.4 billion. That improvement was again bolstered by strong business from U.S. West travelers, who spent nearly 11% more this July than in the same month a year prior.
Meanwhile, spending by travelers visiting Hawaii from the U.S. East was essentially flat, dipping less than a percentage point to $382 million.
Arrivals from Japan, Hawaii’s largest international market, were up 2.6% year over year, but spending by the Japanese sank 5.4%, hampered in part by the strong U.S. dollar.
Through the first seven months of 2015, Hawaii welcomed more than 5 million visitors, up 4.2%, who spent nearly $9 billion across the Islands, a year-over-year increase of 3.6%.