According to reports released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority(HTA), visitor spending in Hawaii increased by 4.5% in November to $1.29 billion while year-to-date spending rose 6.6% to $15.2 billion.
George Szigeti, President and CEO, HTA, stated,” With December being historically a peak month for travel to Hawaii, the state’s tourism industry is poised to surpass all annual records for visitor spending, generated state tax revenue and visitor arrivals when the year-end statistics for 2017 are issued the end of January.”
Total visitor arrivals rose 7.3 % to 748,303 visitors in November, compared to the same month last year, with a 7.5% increase in arrivals from air service more than offsetting a 1.2% decline in arrivals by cruise ships. Through the first 11 months of 2017, visitor arrivals increased 4.9 percent to 8.5 million.
Canada reported the largest gain in visitor spending, increasing 11.5% to $96.4 million in November, boosted by a substantial 18.4% increase in visitor arrivals to 51,785, which offset a 3.2% decline in daily spending to $156 per person.
“Strong travel demand from North America, Asia and Oceania translated into an excellent month for the state’s tourism industry in November,” Szigeti said.
Spending by visitors from the U.S. West Coast visitors rose 8.7% to $500.9 million in November, and 9.8% to $5.57 billion for the first 11 months. Arrivals increased 9.1% to 322,195 last month, and 4.7% year-to-date.
Combined visitor spending from all other international markets increased 2.2% in November to $239 million.