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DBEDT Reports Visitor Spending Down 7% in July

Total visitor spending was down nearly 7% in July, according to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism — but domestic travel continues to fly.

Nearly 900,000 visitors spent $1.58 billion in July. Compared to 2019, that’s nearly a 12% drop in visitors and a drop of almost 7% in spending.

An average of 265,000 visitors were in the state every day in July.

International travelers are practically nonexistent, making up only 3% of total visitors in July. U.S. arrivals have soared to 850,000, a 20% increase over 2019.

As of July 8, travelers could bypass the 10-day self-quarantine with proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result.

In a statement, DBEDT director Mike McCartney said the state expects a natural decline in U.S. arrivals during the traditional shoulder season. With no projected international arrivals and uncertainty with the delta variant, tourism will be slower than normal for the overall market.

Jason Ubay is the managing editor at Hawaiʻi Public Radio. Send your story ideas to him at jubay@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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