Hawaii’s tourism market is pretty much certain to break another record for visitor arrivals and spending this year, as industry data for November released today continued a string of growth that has now stretched to nine consecutive months.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority reported that the number of visitors to Hawaii rose 3.7 percent last month to a record 661,352 over the same month last year. And visitor spending rose 2.5 percent to $1.1 billion in the same period.
The results pretty much ensure that 2015 will be a fourth consecutive year of record-breaking growth for Hawaii’s main economic engine.
“What an amazing achievement for our visitor industry, especially for a mature travel destination like Hawaii coming off three consecutive record-setting years,” George Szigeti, HTA president and CEO, said in a statement.
For the first 11 months of the year, 7.86 million tourists have visited Hawaii, up 4.2 percent from the same period last year. Visitor expenditures rose 2.2 percent to $13.6 billion for the same period.