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Visitors Spent $1.3 Billion In June 2014 Total Visitor Spending Rose 2.5 Percent In The First Half Of 2014

August 9, 2014 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

Visitors who came to Hawaii in June 2014 spent a total of $1.3 billion[1](+0.3%), comparable to June 2013, while total arrivals rose 1.9 percent to 725,066 visitors, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

For the first half of 2014, total visitor expenditures grew 2.5 percent to $7.4 billion, boosted by increased average daily spending (+2.3% to $196 per person). Total arrivals of 4,094,951 visitors (-0.1%) were similar to the first half of 2013.

In June 2014, arrivals by air increased 1.7 percent to 723,663 visitors. Two out-of-state cruise ships came to Hawaii with 1,403 visitors compared to zero out-of-state cruise ships in June 2013.

Arrivals by air from U.S. West declined 1.1 percent to 312,916 visitors, the eleventh straight month of negative growth. However, increased daily spending by these visitors (+3.4% to $161 per person) contributed to a 2.2 percent gain in visitor expenditures to $492.5 million. In June 2014, lower daily spending (-2% to $197 per person) among the 170,588 U.S. East visitors (-0.2%) led to a 1.2 percent drop in U.S. East visitor expenditures to $354.2 million.

Growth in Japanese arrivals (+7% to 126,357 visitors) was offset by decreases in length of stay (-2.5% to 5.76 days) and daily spending (-4.6% to $283 per person), resulting in total visitor expenditures of $205.8 million (-0.5%). During this low season for Canadian visitors, expenditures fell 8 percent to $31 million in June 2014, due to fewer visitors (-4.6% to 17,270) and lower daily spending (-7.8%). Arrivals from All Other markets totaled 96,532 visitors (+9.7%) while combined expenditures were $208.7 million (+0.5%).

There were more visitors to Oahu (+3.5%), but fewer visitors to Hawaii Island (-3.8%), Kauai (-1.8%) and Maui (-1.5%) compared to June 2013. Visitor expenditures rose on Oahu (+1.4%) and Maui (+1.1%), but decreased on Hawaii Island (-3.1%) and Kauai (-2.1%).

Air capacity to Hawaii grew 2.5 percent to 956,303 total air seats in June 2014. Scheduled seats from Other Asia (+20.8%), U.S. West (+3.5%) and Japan (+2.4%) increased, but scheduled seats from U.S. East (-1.4%) and Canada (-1.3%) declined.

First Half of 2014:
Arrivals by air from U.S. West fell 3.1 percent, while arrivals from Japan (+2.1%), Canada (+3.2%), Other Asia (+19.1%), Europe (+11.4%) and Oceania (+6.4%) exceeded the first half of 2013. Expenditures by U.S. East (+3.2% to $1.9 billion) and Canadian (+5.9% to $644 million) visitors increased but Japanese visitor expenditures declined (-2.5% to $1.1 billion).

Arrivals to Oahu rose 1.7 percent but there were fewer visitors to Hawaii Island (-2.8%) and Kauai (-1.5%). Higher daily spending contributed to growth in visitor expenditures on Maui (+9.9% to $2.1 billion), Hawaii Island (+7.3% to $986.1 million) and Kauai (+5.7% to $747.9 million) compared to the first half of 2013. Oahu visitor expenditures declined 2.8 percent to $3.5 billion.

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