Hawaii experienced a near-total cessation of tourism during the month of May as statewide restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus were in effect, according to a report from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Visitor arrivals for the month were down 99%, to 9,116, compared with May 2019.

All passengers arriving from out of state and traveling interisland during May were required to enter a 14-day self-quarantine. Exemptions include travel for essential reasons such as work or health care.

While fewer than 10,000 visitors arrived in the islands in May, 841,376 total visitors came on planes and cruise ships during the same period last year. A majority of the visitors who did come to the island in May, 5,842, came out of the U.S. West. Total visitor days dropped 96% year over year. Trans-Pacific air seats were also down 91% in May compared with a year ago.

After starting the year on pace to set another annual visitation record, the pandemic has effectively shuttered Hawaii's top private industry. Through May, total visitation is down 50% compared with the first five months of 2019 and total visitor days are down 46%.


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