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Hawaii’s Visitor Statistics Results for October 2017

December 4, 2017 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email
George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement commenting on Hawaii’s visitor statistics results for October 2017.

“October got the fourth quarter off to a good start for Hawaii’s tourism industry, with visitor spending and arrivals up by 4.4 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively, compared to October of last year. The U.S. East market stood out above all others with impressive growth of 13 percent in visitor spending, 6.2 percent in average daily spending, and 8 percent in visitor arrivals. These results are a credit to the diligence of the team at Hawaii Tourism United States to elevate travel demand from that market, especially the metropolitan New York City area.
“The impact of strengthening air access is reflected in the results for the island of Hawaii, which shows the value of Japan Airlines re-launching daily service between Tokyo and Kona in mid-September. Seeing the island’s visitor spending increase by 15.3 percent and arrivals grow by 12.3 percent in October are phenomenal results for a month that is an off-peak period for travel to Hawaii.
“Tourism’s growth statewide in 2017 continues to stay well ahead of last year’s pace. Visitor spending has reached nearly $13.9 billion, and arrivals have surpassed 7.75 million visitors through 10 months. To put these figures in perspective, they already exceed the full-year totals of every year before 2012. Increased visitor spending translates into more tax revenue for the state. Thus far, the tourism industry has generated $1.62 billion in state tax revenue, which is $103 million more than last year at this time.
“As always, the credit for Hawaii’s success goes to our tourism professionals who interact with the travelers who fly long distances from all around the world to experience the aloha, culture and warmth of hospitality that distinguishes the Hawaiian Islands from every other destination.”

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