D. Tourism

4th Quarter 2019 Report

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Visitor arrivals continue to be positive, domestic visitor arrivals and international visitor arrivals both increased in the third quarter of 2019.  Due to shorter lengths of stay, the daily visitor census increased less than the increase of visitor arrivals in the quarter.  Since visitors spent less on a daily basis, total visitor spending increased less than the growth rate of the 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 165,118 or 6.6 percent in the third quarter of 2019, compared to the same quarter of 2018 (Tables D-1 and D-2).  The total average daily census was up 11,716 or 4.9 percent in the quarter.  In the first three quarters of 2019, total visitor arrivals by air increased 394,351 or 5.4 percent, while the average daily census increased 6,674 or 2.7 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the third quarter of 2019, total visitor arrivals on domestic flights increased 166,247 or 9.7 percent compared to the same quarter of 2018 (Table D-3).  In the first three quarters of 2019, domestic arrivals were up 400,119 or 7.9 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Arrivals on international flights declined 1,129 or 0.1 percent in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the third quarter of 2018 (Table D-4).  In the first three quarters of 2019, international arrivals declined 5,768 or 0.3 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In terms of major market areas, from the third quarter of 2018 to the same period of 2019, arrivals from the U.S. West increased 125,487 or 11.7 percent (Table D-5), arrivals from the U.S. East increased 37,338 or 6.9 percent (Table D-6), and arrivals from Japan increased 5,098 or 1.2 percent (Table D-7).  In the first three quarters of 2019, arrivals from the U.S. West were up 328,493 or 10.5 percent; arrivals from the U.S. East were up 68,178 or 4.0 percent; and Japanese arrivals were up 37,096 or 3.3 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the third quarter of 2019, the length of stay per visitor declined.  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 4.9 percent or 11,716 visitors per day in the third quarter of 2019, over the same quarter of 2018 (Table D-8).  The domestic average daily census increased 6.1 percent or 10,576 visitors per day (Table D-9), while the international average daily census increased 1.8 percent or 1,140 visitors per day (Table D-10).  In the first three quarters of 2019, the domestic average daily census increased 7,288 or 4.1 percent; and the international average daily census declined 615 or 0.9 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Nominal visitor expenditures by air totaled $4,440.0 million in the third quarter of 2019, up 2.2 percent or $94.8 million from the same quarter of 2018 (Table D-11).  In the first three quarters of 2019, visitor expenditures increased $17.0 million or 0.1 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Total airline capacity, as measured by the number of available seats flown to Hawaii, increased 2.9 percent or 98,042 seats (Table D-12) in the third quarter of 2019, domestic seats increased 7.1 percent or 169,921 seats (Table D-13); international seats declined 7.3 percent or 71,879 seats (Table D-14), compared to the same quarter of 2018.   In the first three quarters of 2019, the number of total available seats increased 2.3 percent or 229,719 seats from the same period of the previous year.

In the third quarter of 2019, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 82.6 percent, 2.5 of a percentage point higher than the same quarter of 2018 (Table D-15).  In the first three quarters of 2019, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 81.3 percent, 0.3 of a percentage point lower than that of the same period of 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/.