After a disaster-filled August 2018 that included the approach of Hurricane Lane and the tail end of eruptions from Kilauea Volcano on the Island of Hawaii, the state's visitor numbers rebounded in August 2019.
Visitor spending climbed more than 6% year over year, to $1.5 billion, while arrivals were up nearly 10%, to 928,178, and total visitor days rose 8%, according to a report from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The average daily spend by visitors in the Aloha State in August dipped 1%.
Visitor spending from U.S. West and U.S. East travelers increased by more than 15% but declined by 1% among Japanese visitors and by 16% for all other international markets. Arrivals from both the U.S West and East were up more than 16% in August, while visitation from Japan and all other international markets dropped 2% and 3% respectively.
The statewide average daily census, the total number of visitors on any given day, increased 8%, to 253,855.
The Island of Hawaii, which was still reeling from months of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes during the summer of 2018, saw the biggest gains, with a 17% increase in visitor spending coupled with an 18% jump in arrivals.
Through the first eight months of the year, visitor spending was down a half percentage point while arrivals were up 5%, and average daily spend decreased 3% compared with January through August 2018.