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Total Visitors To Hawaii Reached A Record 8.2 Million In 2013 Total Visitor Expenditures Increased To $14.5 Billion

February 3, 2014 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

hawaiitourismA total of 8,235,510 visitors came to the Hawaii in 2013, surpassing the 2012 record of 8,028,742 visitors by 2.6 percent, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Annual 2013 total visitor expenditures(1) rose 2 percent to $14.5 billion(2). 

On average, 204,120 visitors were in the state on any given day of 2013 (average daily census) a 1.4 percent gain compared to 2012.

For the month of December 2013, total visitor expenditures declined 6.3 percent (or -$90.5 million) to $1.3 billion, due to lower daily spending (-3% to $189 per person), a 1.9 percent decrease in total arrivals (to722,423 visitors) and a shorter average length of stay (-1.6% to 9.85 days).

Annual 2013 Highlights:

  • Gains in total visitor expenditures and arrivals during the first half of 2013 offset weaker performances in the second half of the year. Much of the growth in arrivals was from the international markets. The U.S. West market slowed down in the second half of 2013 and the U.S. East market declined in the last quarter of the year.
  • For annual 2013, arrivals from U.S. West rose slightly (+1.3% to 3,219,621) while U.S. East arrivals of 1,698,454 visitors were similar to 2012.
  • Arrivals from Japan rose 3.9 percent to 1,523,302 visitors in 2013. However, the average daily census showed an increase of only 2.5 percent. Arrivals from Canada grew 2.1 percent to 509,565 visitors while the average daily census of Canadian visitors remained about the same as last year (-0.1%).
  • In contrast, there was very strong growth in arrivals from the smaller visitor markets: Oceania (+29.3% to 353,065), Other Asia (+18.4% to 343,327), Europe (+9.4% to 141,408) and Latin America (+18.1% to 30,131) (see page 6). A total of 171,219 visitors came by cruise ships in 2013, an increase of 6 percent from the previous year (see page 6).
  • Total visitor expenditures increased from U.S. West (+2.9% to $4.8 billion), U.S. East (+3.9% to $3.6 billion), Canada (+2.2% to $1 billion) and All Other markets (+9% to $2.6 billion), but declined from Japan (-7.6% to $2.5 billion) compared to 2012.
  • Visitor expenditures on Oahu declined (-5.1% to $7.3 billion) despite increased arrivals (+4% to 5,100,169 visitors). Maui (+8% to $3.7 billion; +2.3% to 2,362,629 visitors), Hawaii Island (+14.3% to $1.9 billion; +1.2% to 1,450,247 visitors) and Kauai (+12.6% to $1.5 billion; +2.7% to 1,113,523 visitors) showed growth in visitor expenditures and arrivals compared to 2012.

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