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Tourism officials worry a Hawaii vacation is getting too expensive

July 31, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59The Hawaii Tourism Authority is concerned about the increasing costs of a Hawaii vacation.

HTA President and CEO Mike McCartney told the board at its Thursday meeting that the costs of a Hawaii vacation have outpaced personal income growth in the United States for the last two years.

According to the HTA, the cost of a Hawaii vacation in 2012 was $2,653, a 6 percent increase compared to the 2011 cost of $2,493. Meanwhile, the total personal income of United States residents increased by 3.7 percent year-over-year to $13.4 trillion.

“There’s a threshold that visitors all think about when they go to a destination and what they spend for the total vacation for the airfare, the hotel and the experience they have there. We’re just monitoring this and we’re concerned,” McCartney said. “The cost of travel and getting to a destination is growing much faster than people’s personal income.”

Average roundtrip airfares to Hawaii were down 3.1 percent in the first quarter of 2013 in comparison to the first quarter of 2012, at a cost of $607 in the first quarter of this year and $626 compared to the same quarter last year. But average daily room rates rose 13.1 percent to cost of $233 in the first quarter of 2013, compared to $206 in the first quarter of 2012.

The estimated total of average airfare and hotel room costs increased by 7.8 percent to $2,979 in the first quarter of 2013, from $2,763 in the first quarter of 2012.

McCartney told the board the HTA is tracking the situation and wanted to make the board aware of it.

Edited by : Bill Hurley

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