Hawaii Tourism Arrivals Up in April, But Visitor Spending Decreases

Preliminary statistics from the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) indicated that tourists to the state spent a total of $1.33 billion in April 2019, a decrease of 6.2 percent compared to the same month last year.

While visitor spending increased slightly from the U.S. West and Japan, the totals declined from U.S. East, Canada and all other international markets versus last year. Average daily visitor spending was also down statewide in April, dropping 9.2 percent to $188 per person.

Tourists arriving in Hawaii from the U.S. East, U.S. West, Canada and all other international markets spent less per day, while daily spending by visitors from Japan was similar to a year ago.

Spending may have been down, but total arrivals rose 6.6 percent to 856,250 visitors in April, supported by growth in arrivals from both air service and cruise ships. Total visitor days also increased by 3.4 percent.

Among the four larger islands, visitor spending on Oahu decreased in April despite growth in visitor arrivals compared to a year ago. This was also true for Maui, as visitor spending declined while arrivals increased.

The island of Hawaii recorded decreases in both visitor spending and visitor arrivals, as did Kauai with its visitor spending and visitor arrivals.

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