Another Strong Month Of Visitor Arrivals And Spending Growth July 2015 Broke All-Time Record for Monthly Arrivals
Most major market areas experienced increased arrivals, led by a 7.2 percent jump in visitors from U.S. West (23,681 more visitors than last year) and U.S. East (+4.9%, 8,653 more visitors). The volume of visitors from Canada and Japan grew 9.5 percent and 2.6 percent, respectively. July 2015 turned out to be the busiest month on record with 816,345 visitors who arrived by air or by cruise ship.
Despite the gain in visitor arrivals, only U.S. West saw higher personal daily spending (+4.3% to $162 per person per day) in July 2015. Furthermore, total expenditures by U.S. West (+10.8% to $539.1 million) and Canadian (+3.6% to $47.3 million) visitors increased, while Japanese visitor expenditures declined 5.4 percent to $194.6 million. U.S. East visitor expenditures of $382.4 million (-0.4%) was similar to 2014.
All four larger Hawaiian Islands saw growth in arrivals: Maui (+7.6%), Hawaii Island (+5.6%), Oahu (+3.1%) and Kauai (+2.7%), which contributed to visitor days and visitor expenditure growth on all four islands. However, Lanai witnessed a drastic drop in visitors (-24.5%) and total visitor spending (-81.4%) with only 11 hotels rooms on the entire island currently in operation.
There were 1,097,366 total air seats to Hawaii in July 2015, up 6.3 percent from a year ago. Growth in scheduled seats from Canada (+29.9%), Oceania (+13.9%), U.S. East (+11.7%), U.S. West (+6.6%) and a slight increase from Japan (+0.8%) offset a decline in available capacity from Other Asia (-6.9%). The addition of one large cruise ship in July 2015 boosted arrivals by ship by 233 percent.