This year is looking good for Hawaii’s tourism economy, which is on pace to setting a record-breaking year. According to the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state saw double digit increases in visitor arrivals and expenditures through June.
There were 3.9 million visitors during the past six months, generating $7.1 billion in expenditures. The HTA press release states an increase of $1.2 billion from the same period last year. Most visitors are coming from North America, but it’s the inter-island travel that “generated significant increases in spending and has led to economic growth,” according to the release.
And with the expansion of several Hawaii-bound airlines (Hawaiian Airlines, Allegiant Travel and Asiana Airlines), the numbers are expected to go up from this point forward. So why not jump on the band wagon and book your Hawaii Vacation today!
Here are recent numbers for the first half of the year in Hawaii’s tourism economy:
- Arrivals from U.S. West increased 4-percent from a year ago to 285,342 visitors (eighth month of consecutive growth).
- Arrivals from U.S. East increased 8.1-percent to 173,002 visitors (tenth consecutive month of consecutive growth).
- Japanese arrivals increased 21.9-percent to 115,788 visitors (below June 1995 record of 177,299 visitors)
- Canadian arrivals increased 3.4-percent to 16,705 visitors
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