Hawaii’s visitor industry kicked off January with robust visitor arrivals and spending carrying over the momentum of a record-setting 2016.
January visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian islands grew nearly 5 percent to 756,313 visitors, while spending rose just over 10 percent to $1.6 billion, according to preliminary numbers released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority today. Average daily spending by visitors rose 6 percent to $208 per person.
Arrivals increased across all islands and spending rose on Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii island, but fell on Maui.
Hawaii’s core U.S. West market saw arrivals by air increased almost 5 percent to 266,780. Spending by U.S. West visitors hit $544 million, a gain of nearly 20 percent. Arrivals by air from Hawaii’s next largest market, the U.S. East, grew just over 6 percent to 172,680 visitors. Spending by U.S. East visitors rose almost 7 percent to $433.1 million. Visitors by air from Japan, Hawaii’s largest international market, grew nearly 7 percent to 123,390. Spending from…