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Hawaii visitor arrivals, spending continue climbing

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:00 a.m. HST, Mar 28, 2013

The number of tourists coming to Hawaii continues to grow and they are spending more money, according to the latest count from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Visitor spending grew by $110 million to $1.22 billion for the month of February from a year earlier. The HTA said visitors are spending an average of about $198 a day, per person. An estimated 675,517 tourists visited Hawaii last month, a 7.8 percent increase from February 2012.

Among Hawaii’s top visitor markets, arrivals by air from U.S. West grew 8.2 percent to 239,963 visitors. U.S. West total visitor spending is up 19.7 percent to $382.5 million. U.S. East arrivals (144,594 visitors) were comparable to February 2012. Total U.S. East visitor spending rose 8.2 percent to $311.7 million.

Arrivals from Japan rose 3.9 percent to 118,926 visitors last month.

Canadian arrivals increased 1.7 percent to 65,304 visitors last month. Total Canadian visitor expenditures were  at $136.9 million, 1.2 percent higher than in February 2012. Arrivals from other markets increased 26.4 percent, while their spending rose 11.8 percent to $181 million in February.

Arrivals by cruise ships increased to 25,442 visitors, up 44.7 percent from February 2012 .

The number of Chinese visitor tripled in the February comparison to 14,097. The Tourism Authority said the visitors from China came here to take advantage of the Lunar New Year holiday, which fell in February this year.

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Kaaawa wrote:
Seems like a good time for Hawaii to shine. I hope the future is not tarnished by the homeless.
on March 28,2013 | 11:12AM
allie wrote:
agree...our good news could turn around in a second due to war in Asia, the continuation of high unemployment and economic misery, war in the Mid East etc.
on March 28,2013 | 11:35AM
mcc wrote:
You are absolutely correct, North Korea is poised to nuke us!
on March 28,2013 | 12:17PM
serious wrote:
Spend, spend--I am sure with a Democratic legislature and Gov it will be all gone. And not to streets, sewers, and other vital stuff, but for a baby sitting tax paid service. How about the Hurricane fund, the extreme deficit for retirees????
on March 28,2013 | 11:27AM
mcc wrote:
Because we have to build a train.
on March 28,2013 | 12:18PM
realist3463 wrote:
I must have missed the SA article on the cost study of the O Healthcare law showing Hawaii's costs will increase 22 percent when the law is in full effect. I guess lucky you no live in OH 81% increase, WI 80% increase, CA 62% increase, ID 62% increase among others. Just remember we were promised better and less costly healthcare. Gosh I am glad we voted for the Democrat Party.
on March 28,2013 | 11:48AM
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