D. Tourism

3rd 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 second quarter of 2020. Due to longer lengths of stay, the daily visitor census decreased less than the decrease of visitor arrivals in the quarter.

The total number of visitor arrivals by air decreased 2,576,293 or 98.8 percent in the second quarter of 2020, compared to the same quarter of 2019 (Tables D-1 and D-2). The total average daily census was down 235,351 or 96.2 percent in the quarter. In the first half of 2020, total visitor arrivals by air decreased 2,967,703 or 58.3 percent, while the average daily census decreased 136,700 or 55.1 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2020, total visitor arrivals on domestic flights decreased 1,886,086 or 98.4 percent compared to the same quarter of 2019 (Table D-3). In the first half of 2020, domestic arrivals were down 2,084,690 or 57.9 percent from the same period of the previous year.

Arrivals on international flights decreased 690,207 or 99.9 percent in the second quarter of 2020 compared to the second quarter of 2019 (Table D-4). In the first half of 2020, international arrivals decreased 883,013 or 59.0 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In terms of major market areas, from the second quarter of 2019 to the same period of 2020, arrivals from the U.S. West decreased 1,210,368 or 98.5 percent (Table D-5), arrivals from the U.S. East decreased 589,211 or 98.4 percent (Table D-6), and arrivals from Japan decreased 359,239 or 99.98 percent (Table D-7). In the first half of 2020, arrivals from the U.S. West were down 1,330,423 or 58.9 percent; arrivals from the U.S. East were down 662,580 or 55.8 percent; and Japanese arrivals were down 439,940 or 59.9 percent from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2020, the length of stay per visitor increased. Due to the longer length of stay, the average total daily visitor census decreased less than the decrease in visitor arrivals in the quarter. The total average daily visitor census was down 96.2 percent or 235,351 visitors per day in the second quarter of 2020, over the same quarter of 2019 (Table D-8). The domestic average daily census decreased 95.2 percent or 179,029 visitors per day (Table D-9), while the international average daily census decreased 99.8 percent or 56,322 visitors per day (Table D-10). In the first half of 2020, the domestic average daily census decreased 99,635 or 54.4 percent; and the international average daily census declined 37,064 or 57.1 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, decreased 91.1 percent or 3,108,589 seats (Table D-12) in the second quarter of 2020, domestic seats decreased 89.3 percent or 2,242,338 seats (Table D-13); international seats declined 96.1 percent or 854,812 seats (Table D-14), compared to the same quarter of 2019. In the first half of 2020, the number of total available seats decreased 47.3 percent or 3,193,069 seats from the same period of the previous year.

In the second quarter of 2020, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 12.9 percent, 67.4 percentage points lower than the same quarter of 2019 (Table D-15). In the first half of 2020, the statewide hotel occupancy rate averaged 49.7 percent, 30.8 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/.