D. Tourism

1st Quarter 2019 Report

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Visitor arrivals continue to be strong, domestic visitor arrivals increased while international visitor arrivals declined in the fourth quarter of 2018. Due to shorter lengths of stay, the daily visitor census increased less than the increase of visitor arrivals in the quarter. Since visitors spent less on a daily basis, total visitor spending decreased 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 84,688 or 3.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to the same quarter of 2017 (Tables D-1 and D-2). The total average daily census was up 4,531 or 2.0 percent in the quarter. In 2018, total visitor arrivals by air increased 549,520 or 5.9 percent, while the average daily census increased 12,336 or 5.4 percent from the previous year.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, total visitor arrivals on domestic flights increased 105,319 or 6.8 percent compared to the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-3). In 2018, domestic arrivals were up 526,811 or 8.4 percent from the previous year.

Arrivals on international flights decreased 20,631 or 2.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the fourth quarter of 2017 (Table D-4). In 2018, international arrivals were up 22,709 or 0.7 percent from the previous year.

In terms of major market areas, from the fourth quarter of 2017 to the same period of 2018, arrivals from the U.S. West increased 92,749 or 9.5 percent (Table D-5), arrivals from the U.S. East increased 28,221 or 6.1 percent (Table D-6), and arrivals from Japan increased 5,845 or 1.5 percent (Table D-7). In 2018, arrivals from the U.S. West were up 368,279 or 9.6 percent; arrivals from the U.S. East were up 158,005 or 7.9 percent; and Japanese arrivals were down 16,483 or 1.0 percent from the previous year.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, the length of stay per visitor decreased. 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 2.0 percent or 4,531 visitors per day in the fourth quarter of 2018, over the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-8). The domestic average daily census increased 4.3 percent or 6,923 visitors per day (Table D-9), while the international average daily census decreased 3.6 percent or 2,392 visitors per day (Table D-10). In 2018, the domestic average daily census increased 11,108 or 6.8 percent; and the international average daily census increased 1,229 or 1.9 percent from the previous year.

Nominal visitor expenditures by air totaled $4,186.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, down 1.7 percent or $73.0 million from the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-11). In 2018, visitor expenditures increased $1,140.8 million or 6.9 percent from the previous year.

Total airline capacity, as measured by the number of available seats flown to Hawaii, increased 5.5 percent or 168,880 seats (Table D-12) in the fourth quarter of 2018, domestic seats increased 7.3 percent or 152,649 seats (Table D-13); international seats increased 1.7 percent or 16,231 seats (Table D-14), compared to the same quarter of 2017. In 2018, the number of total available seats increased 8.3 percent or 1,012,461 seats from the previous year.

In the fourth quarter of 2018, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 76.0 percent, 2.6 percentage points lower than the same quarter of 2017 (Table D-15). In 2018, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 79.8 percent, 0.4 of a percentage point lower 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/.