D. Tourism

3rd Quarter 2018 Report

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Visitor arrivals continue to be strong, with both domestic and international visitor arrivals increasing in the second quarter of 2018. 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 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 167,240 or 7.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018, compared to the same quarter of 2017 (Tables D-1 and D-2). The total average daily census was up 15,848 or 7.1 percent in the quarter. In the first half of 2018, total visitor arrivals by air increased 381,948 or 8.4 percent, while the average daily census increased 16,871 or 7.4 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2018, total visitor arrivals on domestic flights increased 139,824 or 8.6 percent compared to the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-3). In the first half of 2018, domestic arrivals were up 315,436 or 10.3 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Arrivals on international flights increased 27,416 or 4.0 percent in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the second quarter of 2017 (Table D-4). In the first half of 2018, international arrivals were up 66,512 or 4.5 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In terms of major market areas, from the second quarter of 2017 to the same period of 2018, arrivals from the U.S. West increased 95,275 or 9.5 percent (Table D-5), arrivals from the U.S. East increased 37,207 or 7.1 percent (Table D-6), and arrivals from Japan increased 9,992 or 2.8 percent (Table D-7). In the first half of 2018, arrivals from the U.S. West were up 209,305 or 11.3 percent; arrivals from the U.S. East were up 86,814 or 8.3 percent; and Japanese arrivals were up 8,955 or 1.2 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2018, the length of stay per visitor decreased. Due to the shorter length of stay, the average total daily visitor census increased slightly less than the growth of visitor arrivals in the quarter. The total average daily visitor census was up 7.1 percent or 15,848 visitors per day in the second quarter of 2018, over the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-8). The domestic average daily census increased 7.8 percent or 12,880 visitors per day (Table D-9), while the international average daily census increased 5.2 percent or 2,968 visitors per day (Table D-10). In the first half of 2018, the domestic average daily census increased 14,027 or 8.5 percent; and the international average daily census increased 2,845 or 4.4 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Nominal visitor expenditures by air totaled $4,427.8 million in the second quarter of 2018, up 11.5 percent or $456.7 million from the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-11). In the first half of 2018, visitor expenditures increased $899.8 million or 10.8 percent from the previous year.

Total airline capacity, as measured by the number of available seats flown to Hawaii, increased 10.1 percent or 304,408 seats (Table D-12) in the second quarter of 2018, domestic seats increased 12.9 percent or 272,977 seats (Table D-13); international seats increased 3.5 percent or 31,431 seats (Table D-14), compared to the same quarter of 2017. In the first half of 2018, the number of total available seats increased 10.3 percent or 618,549 seats from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2018, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 80.7 percent, 1.3 percentage point higher than the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-15). In the first half of 2018, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 81.7 percent, 1.4 percentage point higher than 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/.