D. Tourism

3rd Quarter 2017 Report

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 Visitor arrivals continue to be strong, with both domestic and international visitor arrivals increasing in the second quarter of 2017.  Due to longer lengths of stay, the daily visitor census increased slightly more than the increase of visitor arrivals in the quarter.  Since visitors spent more on a daily basis during the second quarter of 2017, 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 125,054 or 5.7 percent in the second quarter of 2017, compared to the same quarter of 2016 (Tables D-1 and D-2).  The total average daily census was up 12,221 or 5.8 percent in the quarter.  In the first half of 2017, total visitor arrivals by air increased 175,647 or 4.0 percent, while the average daily census increased 10,437 or 4.8 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2017, total visitor arrivals on domestic flights increased 85,018 or 5.5 percent compared to the same quarter of 2016 (Table D-3).  In the first half of 2017, domestic arrivals were up 108,296 or 3.7 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Arrivals on international flights increased 40,036 or 6.1 percent in the second quarter of 2017 compared to the second quarter of 2016 (Table D-4).  In the first half of 2017, international arrivals were up 67,351 or 4.8 percent from the same period in the previous year.

In terms of major market areas, from the second quarter of 2016 to the same period of 2017, arrivals from the U.S. West increased 45,719 or 4.8 percent (Table D-5), arrivals from the U.S. East increased 50,236 or 10.6 percent (Table D-6), and arrivals from Japan increased 21,738 or 6.5 percent (Table D-7).  In the first half of 2017, arrivals from the U.S. West were up 60,160 or 3.3 percent; arrivals from the U.S. East were up 76,055 or 7.9 percent; and Japanese arrivals were up 47,906 or 6.9 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2017, the length of stay per visitor also increased slightly.  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 5.8 percent or 12,221 visitors per day in the second quarter of 2017, over the same quarter of 2016 (Table D-8).  The domestic average daily census increased 5.1 percent or 8,082 visitors per day (Table D-9), while the international average daily census increased 7.8 percent or 4,140 visitors per day (Table D-10).  In the first half of 2017, the domestic average daily census increased 6,116 or 3.9 percent; and the international average daily census increased 4,321 or 7.2 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Nominal visitor expenditures by air totaled $3,971.1 million in the second quarter of 2017, up 7.1 percent or $261.7 million from the same quarter of 2016 (Table D-11).  In the first half of 2017, visitor expenditures increased $670.8 million or 8.7 percent compared with the same period in the previous year.

Total airline capacity, as measured by the number of available seats flown to Hawaii, increased 0.5 percent or 15,305 seats (Table D-12) in the second quarter of 2017, domestic seats increased 0.2 percent or 3,432 seats (Table D-13); international seats increased 1.2 percent or 10,345 seats (Table D-14), compared to the same quarter of 2016.   In the first half of 2017, the number of total available seats decreased 0.6 percent or 33,841 seats from the same period of the previous year.

In the first quarter of 2017, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 81.2 percent, 0.4 of a percentage point higher than the same quarter of 2016 (Table D-15).  The Year-to-Date as of the 2nd quarter was 81.2 percent.  In 2016, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 79.2 percent, 0.5 of a percentage point higher than 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/.