D. Tourism

2nd Quarter 2020 Report

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Due to the impact of COVID-19, domestic visitor arrivals and international visitor arrivals both decreased in the first quarter of 2020. Due to shorter lengths of stay, the daily visitor census decreased more than the decrease of visitor arrivals in the quarter. Since visitors spent more on a daily basis, total visitor spending decreased less than the decrease of the daily visitor census in the quarter.

The total number of visitor arrivals by air decreased 406,942 or 16.3 percent in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same quarter of 2019 (Tables D-1 and D-2). The total average daily census was down 40,623 or 16.0 percent in the quarter. In 2019, total visitor arrivals by air increased 520,711 or 5.3 percent, while the average daily census increased 6,861 or 2.9 percent from the previous year.

In the first quarter of 2020, total visitor arrivals on domestic flights decreased 207,474 or 12.3 percent compared to the same quarter of 2018 (Table D-3). In 2019, domestic arrivals were up 514,752 or 7.6 percent from the previous year.

Arrivals on international flights decreased 199,468 or 24.6 percent in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018 (Table D-4). In 2019, international arrivals increased 5,959 or 0.2 percent from the previous year.

In terms of major market areas, from the first quarter of 2019 to the same period of 2020, arrivals from the U.S. West decreased 121,761 or 11.8 percent (Table D-5), arrivals from the U.S. East decreased 64,529 or 11.1 percent (Table D-6), and arrivals from Japan decreased 80,718 or 21.5 percent (Table D-7). In 2019, arrivals from the U.S. West were up 410,309 or 9.8 percent; arrivals from the U.S. East were up 91,554 or 4.2 percent; and Japanese arrivals were up 56,028 or 3.8 percent from the previous year.

In the first quarter of 2020, the length of stay per visitor declined. Due to the shorter length of stay, the average total daily visitor census decreased more than the decrease in visitor arrivals in the quarter. The total average daily visitor census was down 16.0 percent or 40,623 visitors per day in the first quarter of 2020, over the same quarter of 2019 (Table D-8). The domestic average daily census decreased 11.8 percent or 21,098 visitors per day (Table D-9), while the international average daily census decreased 26.0 percent or 19,526 visitors per day (Table D-10). In 2019, the domestic average daily census increased 7,618 or 4.4 percent; and the international average daily census declined 757 or 1.2 percent from the previous year.

Nominal visitor expenditures by air totaled $3,879.4 million in the first quarter of 2020, down 14.2 percent or $640.5 million from the same quarter of 2019 (Table D-11). In 2019, visitor expenditures increased $237.8 million or 1.4 percent from the previous year.

Total airline capacity, as measured by the number of available seats flown to Hawaii, decreased 2.5 percent or 84,480 seats (Table D-12) in the first quarter of 2020, domestic seats increased 3.2 percent or 73,344 seats (Table D-13); international seats declined 15.2 percent or 157,824 seats (Table D-14), compared to the same quarter of 2019. In 2019, the number of total available seats increased 2.9 percent or 380,174 seats from the previous year.

In the first quarter of 2020, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 70.6 percent, 9.9 percentage points lower than the same quarter of 2019 (Table D-15). In 2019, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 81.2 percent, 0.9 of a percentage point higher than that 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/.