Through the first eight months of 2017, visitor arrivals and spending in Hawaii have shown steady year-over-year growth, and the year is shaping up to be another record breaker.
Through August, visitor spending is up 8.5% and arrivals have increased 4.7% compared to the same period in 2016, according to preliminary data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The growth is backed by greater arrivals and spending from the U.S. West, U.S. East, Japan and Canada, while all other international markets exhibited declines in visitors to the islands.
For the month of August, visitors to the Aloha State spent $1.39 billion, a 6% rise from August 2016. Arrivals for the month were up 4.8% compared to the previous year, with gains in both arrivals by air travel and cruise ships. Incoming arrivals from Japan saw a boost from new direct service this summer to Honolulu and Kona, with a 9.4% bump in spending and 5% increase in visitors for August 2017.
The visitors numbers in general have been aided by increased air travel capacity to the islands in 2017, with new service to the U.S. mainland, as well. There were 3% percent more air seats serving Hawaii in August of this year compared to 2016, with 15% more capacity on routes from Japan and 14% more seats on routes from the U.S. East.