D. Tourism

3rd Quarter 2021 Report

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Domestic visitor arrivals and international visitor arrivals both increased in the second quarter of 2021.

The total number of visitor arrivals by air increased 1,874,057 or 6,094.9 percent in the second quarter of 2021, compared to the same quarter of 2020 (Table D-2). The total average daily census was up 189,965 or 2,062.7 percent in the quarter. In the first half of 2021, total visitor arrivals by air increased 625,406 or 29.4 percent, while the average daily census increased 40,232 or 36.1 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2021, total visitor arrivals on domestic flights increased 1,866,260 or 6,244.3 percent compared to the same quarter of 2020 (Table D-3). In the first half of 2021, domestic arrivals were up 1,222,307 or 80.8 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Arrivals on international flights increased 7,797 or 905.8 percent in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the second quarter of 2020 (Table D-4). In the first half of 2021, international arrivals decreased 596,895 or 97.4 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In terms of major market areas, from the second quarter of 2020 to the same period of 2021, arrivals from the U.S. West increased 1,273,892 or 6,702.2 percent (Table D-5), arrivals from the U.S. East increased 541,129 or 5813.1 percent (Table D-6), and arrivals from Japan increased 4,472 or 6,723.4 percent (Table D-7). In the first half of 2021, arrivals from the U.S. West were up 938,007 or 101.1 percent; arrivals from the U.S. East were up 284,141 or 54.2 percent; and Japanese arrivals were down 286,847 or 97.5 percent from the same period of the previous year.

The total average daily visitor census was up 2,062.7 percent or 189,965 visitors per day in the second quarter of 2021, over the same quarter of 2020 (Table D-8). The domestic average daily census increased 2,067.1 percent or 188,348 visitors per day (Table D-9), while the international average daily census increased 1,651.3 percent or 1,617 visitors per day (Table D-10). In the first half of 2021, the domestic average daily census increased 66,207 or 79.3 percent; and the international average daily census declined 25,975 or 93.3 percent from the same period of the previous year.

According to the most recent data available, nominal visitor expenditures by air totaled $3,879.4 million in the first quarter of 2020, down 13.4 percent or $601.6 million from the same quarter of 2019 (Table D-11). In 2019, visitor expenditures increased $193.3 million or 1.1 percent from the previous year.

Total airline capacity, as measured by the number of available seats flown to Hawaii, increased 738.6 percent or 2,247,615 seats (Table D-12) in the second quarter of 2021, domestic seats increased 825.1 percent or 2,218,639 seats (Table D-13); international seats increased 81.8 percent or 28,976 seats (Table D-14), compared to the same quarter of 2020. In the first half of 2021, the number of total available seats increased 22.0 percent or 782,889 seats from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2021, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 63.1 percent, 48.4 percentage points higher than the same quarter of 2020 (Table D-15). In the first half of 2021, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 48.1 percent, 3.2 percentage points lower 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/.