D. Tourism

4th Quarter 2018 Report

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Visitor arrivals continue to be strong, domestic visitor arrivals increased while international visitor arrivals declined in the third quarter of 2018. Due to longer lengths of stay, the daily visitor census increased more 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 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 99,390 or 4.1 percent in the third quarter of 2018, compared to the same quarter of 2017 (Tables D-1 and D-2). The total average daily census was up 11,514 or 5.0 percent in the quarter. In the first three quarters of 2018, total visitor arrivals by air increased 464,832 or 6.7 percent, while the average daily census increased 14,967 or 6.5 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the third quarter of 2018, total visitor arrivals on domestic flights increased 106,443 or 6.6 percent compared to the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-3). In the first three quarters of 2018, domestic arrivals were up 421,492 or 9.0 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Arrivals on international flights decreased 7,053 or 0.9 percent in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the third quarter of 2017 (Table D-4). In the first three quarters of 2018, international arrivals were up 43,340 or 1.9 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In terms of major market areas, from the third quarter of 2017 to the same period of 2018, arrivals from the U.S. West increased 66,630 or 6.6 percent (Table D-5), arrivals from the U.S. East increased 43,016 or 8.7 percent (Table D-6), and arrivals from Japan decreased 12,061 or 2.7 percent (Table D-7). In the first three quarters of 2018, arrivals from the U.S. West were up 275,530 or 9.6 percent; arrivals from the U.S. East were up 129,784 or 8.4 percent; and Japanese arrivals were down 22,328 or 1.9 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the third quarter of 2018, the length of stay per visitor increased. Due to the longer length of stay, the average total daily visitor census increased more than the growth of visitor arrivals in the quarter. The total average daily visitor census was up 5.0 percent or 11,514 visitors per day in the third quarter of 2018, over the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-8). The domestic average daily census increased 5.7 percent or 9,508 visitors per day (Table D-9), while the international average daily census increased 3.2 percent or 2,006 visitors per day (Table D-10). In the first three quarters of 2018, the domestic average daily census increased 12,518 or 7.6 percent; and the international average daily census increased 2,449 or 3.8 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Nominal visitor expenditures by air totaled $4,353.1 million in the third quarter of 2018, up 4.4 percent or $181.9 million from the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-11). In the first three quarters of 2018, visitor expenditures increased $1,213.8 million or 9.8 percent from the previous year.

Total airline capacity, as measured by the number of available seats flown to Hawaii, increased 7.1 percent or 225,032 seats (Table D-12) in the third quarter of 2018, domestic seats increased 8.3 percent or 184,522 seats (Table D-13); international seats increased 4.3 percent or 40,510 seats (Table D-14), compared to the same quarter of 2017. In the first three quarters of 2018, the number of total available seats increased 9.2 percent or 843,581 seats from the same period of the previous year.

In the third quarter of 2018, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 79.7 percent, 0.7 of a percentage point lower than the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-15). In the first three quarters of 2018, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 81.0 percent, 0.3 of a 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/.