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Year-to-Date Visitor Expenditures and Arrivals Ahead of 2012

September 2, 2013 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

Hawaii’s tourism economy has done well and we are pleased with year-over-year increases in visitor expenditures and arrivals. While 2012 was a record year, 2013 arrivals are up 5.5 percent and expenditures up 5.7 percent year-to-date.

Our overall economy is recovering with low unemployment and a strong state budget, which is a direct result of the collective efforts of our visitor industry and good will from our community.

Visitors from around the world continued to choose the Hawaiian Islands during the first seven months of 2013. So far this year, visitors spent an average of $41 million per day – $20 million on Oahu, $11 million in Maui County, $5 million on Hawaii Island and $4 million on Kauai, which supports more than 167,000 jobs and has provided $911 million in state tax revenue year-to-date.

In order for us to maintain this momentum, it is important that we continue to invest in our destination and we are grateful for the renewed funding from the Hawaii State Legislature to achieve this. Maintaining and increasing air access, distributing visitors across all of the Hawaiian Islands, and diversifying our market mix by increasing our Meetings, Conventions and Incentives (MCI) business, will be priorities as we look to the second half of the year. In the long term, it is important that we support the development and redevelopment of our communities to improve the infrastructure and quality of life in master planned regions, such as Ko Olina, Banyan Drive in Hilo, Wailea, Princeville and Kona.

We anticipate continued growth for our tourism economy during the second half of the year. However, we must be cognizant of the strengthening dollar and the overall rising cost of a Hawaii vacation. We must be innovative and work harder to remain price competitive, while offering a quality and authentic visitor experience that best highlights our people, place and culture.

We must remember that it is our collective efforts that have led to our recovery. It is important for us to continue to work together to maintain this momentum and build upon the success of our visitor industry to further Hawaii’s economic recovery into 2014.

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