Canadians Just Love Hawaii

It’s another season of growth for Hawaii, which has once again witnessed an increase in visitor numbers over the past year, reports western editor, Ted Davis in a special 24-page Hawaii supplement featured in this week’s digital edition of Canadian Travel Press.

This maintains an ongoing trend since the depths of 2009, when Hawaii was especially impacted by the effects of the global recession.

For example, during August of this year (the most current numbers available), most major market areas saw an increase in arrivals, led by US West (+2.8% to 313,181) and US East (+2.4% to 146,052 visitors), according to statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).

Meanwhile, arrivals from Canada rose 8.8% to 28,214 visitors while Japanese arrivals of 157,543 visitors (+0.5%) was comparable to August 2014. Arrivals from all other markets increased 5.8% to 110,871 visitors, said the HTA.

“We find there is always a demand for Hawaii and it continues to be top of mind, especially in Western Canada,” said Bruce Lidberg, director of sales, Western Canada for TravelBrands.

“The destination is safe and familiar, has unique activities, attractions and culture, and has wonderful dining options throughout the Islands so no wonder Canadians love the destination.”

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