David Y.Ige | PRESS RELEASE: VISITOR SPENDING FOR AUGUST 2022 EXCEEDED AUGUST 2019 BEFORE THE PANDEMIC

PRESS RELEASE: VISITOR SPENDING FOR AUGUST 2022 EXCEEDED AUGUST 2019 BEFORE THE PANDEMIC

Posted on Sep 29, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room

HONOLULU – According to preliminary visitor statistics released by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), total visitor spending, measured in nominal dollars, was $1.71 billion in August 2022, or a 13.8% increase from the $1.50 billion reported for August. 2019.

A total of 829,699 visitors arrived by air in August 2022, primarily from the US West and US East. There was no out-of-state cruise activity during the month. A total of 926,417 visitors (-10.4%) came in August 2019 and all arrived by air. The average length of stay for visitors in August 2022 was 9.07 days, down from 8.46 days (+7.1%) in August 2019. The statewide average daily census[1] was 242,692 visitors in August 2022 compared to 252,916 visitors (-4%) in August 2019.

In August 2022, 466,849 visitors arrived from the Western United States, an increase of 11% from 420,750 visitors in August 2019. Visitors from the Western United States spent $864.7 million in August 2022, up 49.3% from $579.3 million in August 2019. Western US daily spending and number of visitors in August 2022 ($224 per person) was much higher than in August 2019 ($167 per person, +34%).

There were 217,214 visitors from the Eastern United States in August 2022, an 8.8% growth from 199,659 visitors in August 2019. Visitors from the Eastern United States spent 507, $3 million in August 2022, up 33.8% from $379.1 million in August 2019. Eastern US daily spending August 2022 visitor count ($243 per person ) increased significantly compared to August 2019 ($206 per person, +18.2%).

There were 28,384 visitors from Japan in August 2022 compared to 160,728 visitors (-82.3%) in August 2019. Visitors from Japan spent $53 million in August 2022 compared to $236.9 million (-77, 6%) in August 2019. Daily spending by Japanese visitors in August 2022 ($227 per person) was stable compared to August 2019 ($228 per person, -0.7%).

In August 2022, 27,472 visitors arrived from Canada compared to 28,672 visitors (-4.2%) in August 2019. Visitors to Canada spent $61.4 million in August 2022, compared to 57.2 million dollars (+7.3%) in August 2019. Daily spending by Canadian visitors in August 2022 ($194 per person) increased compared to August 2019 ($178 per person, +9%).

In August 2022, there were 89,779 visitors from all other international markets, which included visitors from Oceania, other countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Guam, the Philippines and the islands of the Pacific. By comparison, there were 116,608 visitors (-23%) from all other international markets in August 2019.

In August 2022, a total of 5,350 transpacific flights with 1,142,106 seats served the Hawaiian Islands, compared to 5,469 flights (-2.2%) with 1,212,926 seats (-5.8%) in August 2019.

In the first eight months of 2022, total visitor spending was $12.87 billion, up 6.8% from $12.06 billion in the first eight months of 2019. , 6,180,185 visitors arrived in the first eight months of 2022, which is a decrease from the first. eight months of 2019 to 7,092,809 visitors (-12.9%).

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Statement from DBEDT Director Mike McCartney:

Due to heavy air travel, we continue to see a recovery in the visitor industry, with US travelers leading the way in visitation and spending. The Japanese government has reopened their country, so we will see the return of Japanese visitors from October.

Spending per person per trip increased by $461 from 2019, with daily visitor numbers increasing by 20,626 visitors from the continental United States between 2019 and 2022. Although international travel was down from 2019, this which has affected O’ahu the most, we will begin to see positive upward movement in the second half of 2022.

Hawai’i is on the verge of a full recovery in 2025 with the return of international visitors. We will have to compete for the type of visitors we want as pent-up demand moderates and travel habits take hold. While improving our destination and monitoring world events, we need to be flexible and adjust our plans so that we can compete with other destinations. the world is opening up to travellers.

DBEDT has a projection of 9.2 million visitors for all of 2022, which represents an 88.5% recovery from 2019, generates $2.2 billion in tax revenue for the state, and supports 195 000 jobs. We are confident in the return of a managed visitor industry in 2025 that balances community and business needs.

Statement from HTA President and CEO, John De Fries:

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is focused on visitor spending as tourism dollars are recycled back into our economy, supporting local businesses, retailers, restaurants and attractions throughout the state. Our constant efforts also remain on visitor education and destination management, in order to preserve our natural and cultural resources for future generations.

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Media contacts:

Jennifer Chun

Director of Tourism Research

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

(808) 973-9446

[email protected]hawaii.gov

Charlene Chan

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

(808) 824-0134

[email protected]

[1] The average daily count measures the number of visitors present on a given day.

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