D. Tourism

2nd Quarter 2018 Report

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 Visitor arrivals continue to be strong, with both domestic and international visitor arrivals increasing in the first quarter of 2018.  Due to shorter lengths of stay, the daily visitor census increased less than the increase of visitor arrivals in the quarter.  Since visitors spent more on a daily basis, total visitor spending increased more than the growth of the average total daily visitor census in the quarter.  With the exception of the fourth quarter of 2013, visitor arrivals have increased since the third quarter of 2009.

The total number of visitor arrivals by air increased 214,708 or 9.7 percent in the first quarter of 2018, compared to the same quarter of 2017 (Tables D-1 and D-2).  The total average daily census was up 17,906 or 7.6 percent in the quarter.  In 2017, total visitor arrivals by air increased 434,959 or 4.9 percent, while the average daily census increased 10,850 or 5.0 percent from the previous year.

In the first quarter of 2018, total visitor arrivals on domestic flights increased 175,612 or 12.1 percent compared to the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-3).  In 2017, domestic arrivals were up 270,246 or 4.5 percent from the previous year.

Arrivals on international flights increased 39,096 or 5.1 percent in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of 2017 (Table D-4).  In 2017, international arrivals were up 164,713 or 5.8 percent from the same period in the previous year.

In terms of major market areas, from the first quarter of 2017 to the same period of 2018, arrivals from the U.S. West increased 114,030 or 13.4 percent (Table D-5), arrivals from the U.S. East increased 49,607 or 9.6 percent (Table D-6), and arrivals from Japan decreased 1,037 or 0.3 percent (Table D-7).  In 2017, arrivals from the U.S. West were up 179,059 or 4.9 percent; arrivals from the U.S. East were up 105,883 or 5.6 percent; and Japanese arrivals were up 80,630 or 5.4 percent from the previous year.

In the first quarter of 2018, the length of stay per visitor decreased.  Due to the shorter length of stay, the average total daily visitor census increased less than the growth of visitor arrivals in the quarter.  The total average daily visitor census was up 7.6 percent or 17,906 visitors per day in the first quarter of 2018, over the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-8).  The domestic average daily census increased 9.3 percent or 15,186 visitors per day (Table D-9), while the international average daily census increased 3.8 percent or 2,720 visitors per day (Table D-10).  In 2017, the domestic average daily census increased 6,322 or 4.0 percent; and the international average daily census increased 4,528 or 7.6 percent from the previous year.

Nominal visitor expenditures by air totaled $4,811.1 million in the first quarter of 2018, up 10.1 percent or $443.2 million from the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-11).  In 2017, visitor expenditures increased $980.7 million or 6.2 percent from the previous year.

Total airline capacity, as measured by the number of available seats flown to Hawaii, increased 10.5 percent or 314,141 seats (Table D-12) in the first quarter of 2018, domestic seats increased 13.9 percent or 277,584 seats (Table D-13); international seats increased 3.7 percent or 36,557 seats (Table D-14), compared to the same quarter of 2017.   In 2017, the number of total available seats increased 1.8 percent or 215,063 seats from the previous year.

In the first quarter of 2018, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 82.9 percent, 1.5 percentage point higher than the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-15).  In 2017, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 80.0 percent, 1.0 percentage point higher than the previous year.

Readers interested in visitor statistics on a monthly basis can find them on the DBEDT website at: http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/visitor/tourism/ and those interested in daily passenger arrival data may access them at: http://dbedt.hawaii.gov/visitor/daily-passenger-counts/.