Hawai‘i tourism authorities have tabulated the year-end visitor statistics for 2019, and the state of the industry on the Aloha islands is looking healthy.
Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent US$17.75 billion in 2019, an increase of 1.4% compared to 2018, according to preliminary year-end statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). Visitor spending includes lodging, interisland airfare, shopping, food, car rental and other expenses while in Hawai‘i.
In 2019, visitor spending increased from the U.S. West (+5.9% to US$6.98 billion), U.S. East (+3.6% to US$4.69 billion) and Japan (+2.0% to US$2.19 billion). But spending declined from Canada (-3.2% to US$1.07 billion) and all other international markets (-10.4% to US$2.77 billion) as compared to 2018.
On a statewide level, average daily spending by visitors in 2019 decreased to US$195 per person (-1.5%). But visitors from Canada actually ended up spending slightly more per day – up by 0.6% to US$165.
A total of 10,424,995 visitors came to Hawai‘i in 2019, an increase of 5.4% from the 9,888,845 visitors that came in 2018. On average, there were 249,021 visitors in the Hawaiian Islands on any given day in 2019, up 3.0% from 2018.