Hawaii's tourism figures showed year-over-year growth for November, and all signs point to a second consecutive year of record-breaking numbers once the final 2017 tallies arrive.
Notably, with several carriers introducing new routes or expanded service, air seat capacity rose 5%, the largest monthly increase for 2017, and visitor arrivals were up 7.3%, the highest monthly increase in the year outside of April's 7.5% boost.
"Strong travel demand from North America, Asia and Oceania translated into an excellent month for the state's tourism industry in November," Hawaii Tourism Authority president and CEO George D. Szigeti said in a statement. "With December being historically a peak month for travel to Hawaii, the state's tourism industry is poised to surpass all annual records for visitor spending, generated state tax revenue and visitor arrivals when the year-end statistics for 2017 are issued the end of January."
Visitors to the islands spent $1.29 billion in November, a 4.5% increase compared to November 2016. Through the first 11 months of the year, visitor spending has reached $15.15 billion, up 6.6% from the previous year.