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HTA: Visitor Arrivals, Spending Up in June, But Remains Below Pre-Pandemic Levels

Nearly 800,000 visitors from the continental U.S. arrived in the islands last month, according to the latest report from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority highlighting monthly visitor arrivals and spending.

On any given day in June, there were nearly 256,000 visitors in the state. When compared to the same time in 2019, that is down 7.9%.

But arrivals from the continental U.S. are up due to the easing of the state's Safe Travels restrictions for domestic travelers. Prior to July 8, visitors could bypass the mandatory 10-day quarantine period with a negative COVID-19 test from a trusted state partner prior to their departure.

In June, 521,796 West Coast visitors came to Hawaiʻi - a 15% increase compared to the same time two years ago. And 247,382 travelers from the East Coast came to the state - a 3% increase from June 2019.

While a majority of visitors came from the U.S., there were still arrivals from Japan and other international markets. In 2019, there were almost 127,000 Japanese travelers. But last month, there were nearly 2,000.

Two years ago, roughly 19,000 Canadian visitors arrived in the state, but a little more than 600 Canadians came to Hawaiʻi. However, more than 19,000 visitors from other international markets came to the state - many from Guam.

International visitors still face a mandatory 10-day quarantine, unless they have a negative COVID test from a trusted state partner. But they are also subject to their home country's travel restrictions when returning.

Overall, visitors spent a total of $1.44 billion last month.

So far this year, more than 2.7 million travelers have come to the islands, spending $4.8 billion. Both a decline compared to 2019 by 46.8% and 45.1%, respectively.

Casey Harlow was an HPR reporter and occasionally filled in as local host of Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
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