Hawaii Experiences Boost in Tourism Numbers

Tourism to Hawaii is on the rise.

According to recent statistics from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, through the first 11 months of 2018, total visitor arrivals increased more than 6 percent with 9,044,488 visitors traveling to the Islands so far this year.

The most growth was seen from visitors in the U.S. West, which was up 9.7 percent to 3,822,064. Nearly 2 million travelers from the U.S. East visited Hawaii during the first 11 months of 2018, up 8.3 percent. Visitors from Canada totaled 465,497, an increase of 3.4 percent.

In the month of November alone, visitor arrivals increased from the Pacific region by 11.9 percent and from the Mountain region by 8.4 percent compared to last year. There was growth 22.5 percent growth from Alaska, 14 percent growth from Nevada and 13 percent growth from Washington. Colorado showed growth of 12 percent and California and Arizona both showed growth of over 11 percent.

The U.S. East reported growth in November as well, with the exception of visitors from New England, the only region in the East that showed a decline of 4.4 percent. East North Central increased 9.5 percent and visitors from the South Atlantic increased by 9.1 percent.

More Canadians arrived in Hawaii on flights from Canada versus domestic flights from the U.S. year-over-year in November. It is believed that the increase is due to the fact that flying directly to Hawaii from Canada is more affordable right now than flying through the domestic U.S.

Fewer Canadian visitors stayed in hotels during the month of November, down 4.1 percent. Condominium stays were also down 5.2 percent in November. Rental home stays increased 43.8 percent in November over the same period last year.

Total visitor arrivals who came in November for meetings, conventions and incentives (MCI) decreased 8.6 percent, with 27.5 percent fewer visitors attending conventions and 4.2 percent fewer attending corporate meetings. On the bright side, incentive trips were up nearly 24 percent. Overall, year-to-date MCI visitors increased 2 percent versus the same period last year.

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