D. Tourism

1st Quarter 2018 Report

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Visitor arrivals continue to be strong, with both domestic and international visitor arrivals increasing in the fourth quarter of 2017.  Due to shorter lengths of stay, the daily visitor census increased slightly less than the increase of visitor arrivals in the quarter.  Since visitors spent slightly less on a daily basis, total visitor spending increased less 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 125,855 or 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017, compared to the same quarter of 2016 (Tables D-1 and D-2).  The total average daily census was up 11,397 or 5.3 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 fourth quarter of 2017, total visitor arrivals on domestic flights increased 82,462 or 5.5 percent compared to the same quarter of 2016 (Table D-3).  In 2017, domestic arrivals were up 270,246 or 4.5 percent from the previous year.

Arrivals on international flights increased 43,393 or 5.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the fourth quarter of 2016 (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 fourth quarter of 2016 to the same period of 2017, arrivals from the U.S. West increased 59,372 or 6.5 percent (Table D-5), arrivals from the U.S. East increased 22,672 or 5.2 percent (Table D-6), and arrivals from Japan increased 6,356 or 1.6 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 fourth quarter of 2017, the length of stay per visitor decreased slightly.  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 5.3 percent or 11,397 visitors per day in the fourth quarter of 2017, over the same quarter of 2016 (Table D-8).  The domestic average daily census increased 4.0 percent or 6,240 visitors per day (Table D-9), while the international average daily census increased 8.6 percent or 5,156 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 4,527 or 7.6 percent from the previous year.

Nominal visitor expenditures by air totaled $4,203.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, up 3.9 percent or $156.2 million from the same quarter of 2016 (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 4.9 percent or 142,376 seats (Table D-12) in the fourth quarter of 2017, domestic seats increased 4.1 percent or 83,180 seats (Table D-13); international seats increased 6.4 percent or 59,196 seats (Table D-14), compared to the same quarter of 2016.   In 2017, the number of total available seats increased 1.8 percent or 215,063 seats from the previous year.

In the fourth quarter of 2017, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 78.6 percent, 1.1 percentage point higher than the same quarter of 2016 (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/.