For eight consecutive months, visitor arrivals to the state have exceeded the previous monthly record reaching 7.2 million visitors from January through October, an increase of 4.2 percent over the same period last year.
Despite the gains in visitor arrivals, spending continues to plateau as visitors are adjusting how long they stay and how much they spend while in the Hawaiian Islands. We are still pacing ahead of last year, with spending reaching $12.5 billion and contributing $1.33 billion in state tax revenue.
As we look ahead, we are monitoring issues that could impact our industry, including the U.S. State Department’s worldwide travel alert and global economic conditions. We are also working with our international marketing partners to monitor issues in their respective regions.
We will be holding an update from our marketing contractors in Oceania, Korea, China, Taiwan, Europe and our newest market, Southeast Asia, on Dec. 8 at the Hawaii Convention Center. They will be presenting an overview of current market conditions and their plans for 2016. For registration, click here.