Despite Declines, August was Still a Strong Month for Tourism

Sep 28, 2018

Waikiki Beach
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August was another month of growth for the state’s tourism industry, but only slightly.

That’s according to the latest monthly report from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.

Overall, visitor spending and arrivals increased in the state during August. Spending grew by 1.4% to $1.4 billion, but average daily expenditures declined by 2.2% to $193 per person.

A total of 845,000 visitors arrived in the islands that month - an increase of 3.2 percent. The state continued to see more visitors from the U.S. mainland and Canada, but there were less visitors from Japan.

Oʻahu recorded a 3.5% growth in visitor spending to $723.4 million. The island also saw a 3.7% increase in visitor arrivals to 536,181.

Kauaʻi also performed well during the month, recording a 7% increase in visitor spending to $157.7 million and more than 115,000 visitors arriving to the island - a 3% increase.

Although Oʻahu and Kauaʻi performed well, Maui County and Hawaiʻi Island saw declines.

Jennifer Chun is the HTA’s Director of Tourism Research.

Chun says last month could have been stronger – but it was still a good month because it’s being compared to a record-breaking August 2017.