TOTAL VISITOR SPENDING INCREASED 20.4 PERCENT TO A NEW JUNE RECORD WHILE ARRIVALS GREW 11.5 PERCENT
Total Visitor Spending and Arrivals Rose Double-Digits for the First Half of 2012
HONOLULU – Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in June 2012 rose 20.4 percent compared to the previous year (or $207 million) to $1.2 billion1, a new record for the month of June, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. Strong growth in total arrivals (+11.5% to 677,218 visitors) and higher daily spending contributed to this increase.
Among Hawai‘i’s top visitor markets in June 2012, arrivals by air from U.S. West were up 4 percent from a year ago to 285,342 visitors, the eighth month of consecutive growth. Total U.S. West visitor expenditures grew 9.8 percent to $410 million. U.S. East arrivals rose 8.1 percent to 173,002 visitors, the tenth straight month of increases, while total visitor spending increased (+10.6%) to $339 million.
Japanese arrivals grew 21.9 percent to 115,788 visitors, but remained below the June 1995 record of 177,299 visitors. A longer length of stay (6.21 days from 5.79 days in June 2011) elevated total Japanese visitor expenditures (+31.4%) to $219.1 million.
Canadian arrivals increased 3.4 percent to 16,705 visitors. Total Canadian visitor expenditures grew 14.9 percent to $30.1 million due to higher daily spending.
Total visitor expenditures (+58.9% to $219.5 million) and arrivals (+39.6%) from all other2 markets showed particularly strong growth compared to June 2011.
Half Year 2012:
For the first half of 2012, all visitor markets showed growth in total visitor expenditures and arrivals compared to the same period last year. Total visitor expenditures climbed 21.4 percent to $7.1 billion, led by double digit increases from Japan (+26.2% to $1.2 billion), Canada (+12.6% to $590.6 million) and all others (+75.9% to $1.4 billion). Total arrivals rose 10.2 percent to 3,932,266 visitors. Combined arrivals from all others market climbed 28.8 percent from a year ago.