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Visitor arrivals fall for the third consecutive month

By Kristen Consillio

LAST UPDATED: 05:38 p.m. HST, Dec 27, 2013

<br />Tourists relax on the sands of Kuhio Beach in Waikiki with hotels in the background.<br />

Visitor arrivals and spending has fallen over the same time last year for the third month in a row, an unwelcome trend that's expected to continue into 2014.

Total visitor expenditures in November declined 2.1 percent to $1.1 billion, while arrivals decreased 5.5 percent to 620,051, according to preliminary data released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

The poor performance was largely due to a 7.3 percent drop in arrivals to 254,122 from the U.S. West, the state's largest market. The drop resulted in spending from that region falling 7.5 percent to $368 million. There also were 30.5 percent fewer cruise ship visitors last month. 

U.S. East visitor expenditures also plunged 15 percent to $201 million due to 9.2 percent fewer arrivals to 105,834 and lower daily spending.

Japan arrivals were comparable to a year go as they totaled 122,484, but the market recorded 5 percent lower daily spending to $309 per person and a shorter length of stay, which led to a 6.5 percent decline in Japanese visitor expenditures to $209.6 million. 

The state's smaller Canadian market posted stable arrivals at 44,650 visitors and 9.2 percent higher daily spending to $171 per person, which boosted Canadian visitor expenditures to $98.5 million. There were 77,892 visitors from all other markets, roughly the same as November 2012.

Despite the declines, the visitor industry's year-to-date performance continues to outpace the same period last year. Year-to-date expenditures were up 2.9 percent to $13.2 billion, while total visitors were 3 percent higher at 7.5 million.

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northshoreboy wrote:
Why "visit, when you can "live" here? Hawaii Life.
on December 27,2013 | 09:52AM
MakaniKai wrote:
That HGTV series was hilarious! Like living in the nei is one long vacation. It will wear off for most that were on that show. The “granola-muncher” Mom on Kauai and little daughter “Kailani” must see unicorns every day. Cheeeee whoooooo.
on December 27,2013 | 10:54AM
false wrote:
Best way of life, go into the mountains of Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Maui or Hawaii, and live off the land. Of course, one may not know that President Hillary Clinton would be elected in 2016, however who cares, except Michelle Obama, right?
on December 27,2013 | 04:14PM
NoFire wrote:
homeless arrivals seem to be up again
on December 27,2013 | 10:04AM
localguy wrote:
They bought those cheap tickets Delta was selling yesterday morning.
on December 27,2013 | 11:04AM
false wrote:
Need to have the "smell" cops out; u know those that "smell" stink with urine on TheBus. If u smell someone "stink" on Delta, Hawaiian, American, Alaska, United, etc. from the mainland, then the person must swear under oath that he/she will not become a homeless person in The Hawaiian Islands, and especially on Kirk's territory..
on December 27,2013 | 04:17PM
false wrote:
Bad news. Hope this trend doesn't continue.
on December 27,2013 | 10:06AM
thruthful wrote:
unfortunately it will, especially with the leadership (contradiction in terms) we have
on December 27,2013 | 11:19AM
false wrote:
That was not me, btw, that u replied to.
on December 27,2013 | 04:48PM
808comp wrote:
Tourism in Hawaii will not last forever. Its not like it used to be. If you don't play golf or not one to go lay on the beach,there's nothing else. Hotel's are expensive,and there are places that people are not friendly anymore.Those that really like it here ends up moving.Going have to depend on the military.
on December 27,2013 | 10:07AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Then we will depend on u to start World War III.
on December 27,2013 | 01:25PM
serious wrote:
I don't get it. Wasn't there a SA article a few days ago lamenting the huge October revenues from tourists? Who's doing the books??? Having said that, flight and accommodations along the Mexico Pacific coast are considerably more reasonable than here. They don't do the Jones Act there. It's the Jose' Act. (Sorry, happy New Year.)
on December 27,2013 | 10:08AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Kristen didn't write it, an intern wrote it.
on December 27,2013 | 01:23PM
jayz43 wrote:
Can't we do another big hotel room, car rental and/or other surcharges to squeeze more money out of our bread-and-butter visitors? And Caldwell should raise our property or other taxes to build up a reserve for that boondoggle transit rail or a support system for all of our out-of-town homeless squatters. Life is beautiful in Hawaii Nei.
on December 27,2013 | 01:29PM
Anonymous wrote:
Neva feah. When gay marriage becomes legal, the numbers will soar through the roof! Oh, it's legal already? My bad.
on December 27,2013 | 10:09AM
false wrote:
Gay population is only 10% or so, or maybe less. Uncle Neil if u thought u would be reelected from the gay vote, u may in be in for a rude awakening, despite your surplus and stuff, because u will be in your mid 70s. Go back to Buffalo and eat your wings at Buffalo Wild Wings for crying out loud !!!
on December 27,2013 | 11:37AM
MakaniKai wrote:
God I thought I was the only one wanting him to return to his homeland of Buffalo NY - Unwelcome visitor.
on December 27,2013 | 12:00PM
false wrote:
No u got at least 40% of us who did not elect him to his Kingdom.
on December 27,2013 | 12:17PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Hey u the boss of the Helicopter company?
on December 27,2013 | 01:21PM
MakaniKai wrote:
on December 27,2013 | 02:07PM
false wrote:
oh ok
on December 27,2013 | 04:19PM
eunice1 wrote:
Numbers will continue to drop if the city and state don't do something about the homeless. They are all over and some are very confrontational. Very intimidating to foreign visitors.
on December 27,2013 | 10:09AM
Surfer_Dude wrote:
Very intimidating to anybody. Period.
on December 27,2013 | 10:22AM
false wrote:
We register cars, we have drivers licenses, we have moped licenses, we even have dog licenses, we have passports, we have social security numbers, we have income tax returns, we have food stamps. Those homeless subsist on EBT, so if so, why not register the homeless?? If they reject registration, then make it a misdemeanor, and have them locked up in HPD cellblock on Beretania Street. Fastest way people will reform is when they get a match lit underneath.
on December 27,2013 | 11:41AM
serious wrote:
Not just the homeless--just walk around and if you are a tourist you wouldn't know what they are really doing, but people digging into waste containers, jumping onto dumpsters and sorting stuff. I would think it's a third world country and people are starving. We lose money on recycling and WHY DO YOU STILL HAVE IT????
on December 27,2013 | 11:50AM
false wrote:
Recycling? The HGEA is EVERYWHERE remember and they need to provide for their own, that is to say, accountants who could not get their CPAs despite graduating from UHM School of Business, and still needing an income, so those people are counting pennies for the Department of Health, or wherever or whomever oversees the Recycling.. Imagine that, only Maine and Hawaii have their State names on the plastic bottles, to encourage recycling, two of the most extreme East and West States. I wonder who came up with THAT idea? Well I guess we want to help with recycling, however if the entire USA does not do it, Hawaii with its miniscule 1.3 million people will not put a dent in it, unless the dent is in our pocketbooks with ever INCREASING income taxes, and Neil, get on your knees and pray that u will be reelected, because we know your style now.
on December 27,2013 | 12:15PM
thruthful wrote:
We need to clean our beaches, improve public facilities and keep our streets, beaches and parks safe and attractive. There is no charm in dirty streets and roads, graffiti on walls and piles of rubbish dumped in our beauty spots. Yes, the global economy is to blame now, but I am convinced that we can still improve our local economy. With the dollar at its lowest in years, Hawaii should be attractive to international tourism and is home for the American visitors. And like home, it should be welcoming. By improving our tourism industry we will also increase the flow of revenue, minimize the loss of jobs and improve the local economy.
on December 27,2013 | 10:23AM
steveoctober wrote:
nevah goin to happen. once you make a place beautiful with amenities, such as clean bathrooms, lololhead vandals overrun the place because nothing gets them stopped. enlist a squad of vigilante's against crime for starters to make anything work.
on December 27,2013 | 10:38AM
mcc wrote:
The corner of Kalakaua and Kapahulu is not too attractive with people sitting on the sidewalks all day.
on December 27,2013 | 01:14PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Well I'll call HPD to pickup Neil and Kirk, as they moon us on the sidewalk.
on December 27,2013 | 01:19PM
thruthful wrote:
"Visitors spending up" claim the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Wow! What a revelation! Of course spending is up, not because there are more splurging visitors. The answer is rather simple; Everything, from hotels, to restaurant, to merchandise is now more expensive, that's all. Misleading headlines!.
on December 27,2013 | 10:29AM
false wrote:
Hawaii Tourism Asinine (HTA)
on December 27,2013 | 11:49AM
iwanaknow wrote:
I trust everyone has a plan "B" if tourist stopped coming (ie:bird flue).
on December 27,2013 | 11:11AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Yes have Obama nuke us so we end all this malarkey.
on December 27,2013 | 01:17PM
thruthful wrote:
steveoctober, how true and how sad!
on December 27,2013 | 11:16AM
false wrote:
u been orphaned. u know like "u been served"?
on December 27,2013 | 04:46PM
samidunn wrote:
Not surprised, been to Waikiki lately?
on December 27,2013 | 11:31AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
on December 27,2013 | 01:16PM
false wrote:
I caught the number 20 bus and went through Waikiki today. Looked ok to me.
on December 27,2013 | 04:44PM
false wrote:
Please don't count your TheTrain before the GET arrives, which is scheduled to expire on 2022. No more extensions, Kirk, and I MEAN NO MORE !!!! u guys pay out of your own pocket AFTER 2022. No come crying to us for dough !!!!
on December 27,2013 | 11:32AM
inlanikai wrote:
The GET surcharge for the The Train will never expire. It will be renewed over and over again. Just count yourself lucky if it *only* stays at 0.5% after 2022.
on December 27,2013 | 12:17PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
NEVER? By the time 2022 rolls around Neil and/or Kirk will be dead. So u putting the blank check hook on all of us? Betcha u pro-rail !!!
on December 27,2013 | 01:07PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
And I thought u guys wanted to keep the country country? Hypocritical to the max!!
on December 27,2013 | 01:10PM
hungryhawn wrote:
Thats what happens when you have high airfare! Greedy as always.
on December 27,2013 | 11:50AM
false wrote:
Hotel room rates are always on the move. For example November was a slow month, however December picked up because of the Marathon, and the upcoming weekend is booked high.
on December 27,2013 | 12:07PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Obama's fault, however we forgive him because he gives us a boost every Christmas.
on December 27,2013 | 01:04PM
chariie1 wrote:
less money for the government to spend on rail haha oh but wait they just will spend less on social services.
on December 27,2013 | 01:10PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
No I think taxes will go up, in particular Property Taxes.
on December 27,2013 | 01:15PM
alohacharlie wrote:
And this is news to whom? With the continuing rise in hotel rates, rental cars, and eating, many folks who would normally come to Hawaii are going somewhere else less expensive. Every time I read an article about how much profit is being made by the hotel industry I wonder if they just plan on raising rates until they make no profit at all. Lets hear it for the "Bean Counters"
on December 27,2013 | 01:25PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Read Pacific Business News. Those that work for HSA are either on the downtrend or using it as a stepping stone to PBN or Hawaii Business, or .... Shall we be bold and say The Wall Street Journal?
on December 27,2013 | 01:29PM
control wrote:
The tourism industry only have themselves to blame - pave paradise and then charge an outrageous amount to visit. They continue to pander to the wealthy but fail to understand the wealthy have the world at their door step. They can afford to go anywhere and Hawaii has long since lost it's appeal.
on December 27,2013 | 01:31PM
false wrote:
Just have to look at the long term trend of visitors. Is it on the uptrend, with of temporary downturns, such as from 9/11 and 2008 ? If the trend is up, as in the Stock Market, then no worries. If down, then we stop building TheTrain NOW !!!!!!
on December 27,2013 | 04:41PM
jmbee wrote:
The hotels has over-priced Hawaii out of the competition. $200 for an outdated, room?? Visitor's perceived value has eroded with extra resort fees and un reasonable parking rates. This is a self inflicted wound.
on December 27,2013 | 01:45PM
false wrote:
Pay $400 a night at Ko Olina, if u want nice rooms.
on December 27,2013 | 04:38PM
hawaiinuiloa wrote:
on December 27,2013 | 03:30PM
false wrote:
We did, however Obama is like Moses, he is able to part roads, like no one ever has. I was driving on the H-1 toward Diamond Head just before Obama was scheduled to "motorcade" himself from Kailua to the Stanley. I was wondering why there were a set of five blue and whites just before the Middle Street Exchange on the H-1, then I found out why. Boy, if ONE human being can do that, said human being has POWER. Then again, the power needs to be brandished (or what's a better word) with moderation, or we will always think that Obama is doing it only because he is well u know ....... It's time Obama got off his pedestal and be the president for all of us, and not only for well u know ..... Remember that Obama did not win via a Landslide, as Reagan won in 1984. Obama just barely won the popular vote, and Obama trounced Romney in The Electoral College because the major democratic victories were in the BIG BIG states (Cali and NY). I felt halo like in 2008 that BHO won, however the honeymoon is over Mr. Obama. u need to compromise and not be so "stubborn".
on December 27,2013 | 04:33PM
Maleka50 wrote:
Hawaii now has the highest hotel rates in the U.S., and that includes NYC. It's no surprise that visitor totals have dropped. Tourists will simply go elsewhere where the rates are cheaper. As usual, HTA and the hotels are either blind or stupid.
on December 27,2013 | 03:32PM
false wrote:
use the App "Hotel Tonight" to find deals.
on December 27,2013 | 04:21PM
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