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Visitor arrivals, spending grow for January


    The beach in front of the Sheraton Moana Surfrider Hotel area in Waikiki, as seen on Jan. 6.

Hawaii’s visitor industry kicked off January with robust visitor arrivals and spending carrying over the momentum of a record-setting 2016.

January visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian islands grew nearly 5 percent to 756,313 visitors, while spending rose just over 10 percent to $1.6 billion, according to preliminary numbers released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority today. Average daily spending by visitors rose 6 percent to $208 per person.

Arrivals increased across all islands and spending rose on Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii island, but fell on Maui.

Hawaii’s core U.S. West market saw arrivals by air increased almost 5 percent to 266,780. Spending by U.S. West visitors hit $544 million, a gain of nearly 20 percent. Arrivals by air from Hawaii’s next largest market, the U.S. East, grew just over 6 percent to 172,680 visitors. Spending by U.S. East visitors rose almost 7 percent to $433.1 million. Visitors by air from Japan, Hawaii’s largest international market, grew nearly 7 percent to 123,390. Spending from visitors from Japan rose almost 27 percent to $200.4 million. Air arrivals from the mature Canada tourism market rose 2 percent to 65,048, while their spending dropped 0.6 percent to $158.4 million. Arrivals by air from all other international markets outside of Canada and Japan dropped nearly 2 percent to 110,986. Spending from these markets fell just over 4 percent to $265.7 million.

Air seats stayed flat at just over 1 million. Growth in air seats from the U.S. East, Japan and Asian countries outside of Japan, was offset by fewer seats from Oceania, the U.S. West and Canada. Twelve cruise ships came to Hawaii in January carrying 17,430 visitors, up from 11,012 in January 2016.

HTA reported moderate hotel growth, but stays in vacation rental homes grew by double-digits.

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