Tourism in Hawaii is stabilizing according to Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert who responded to statistics released for March 2010. The monthly statistics Wienert said represented the largest increase in visitor spending in four years, benefiting nearly every sector of the economy.
“March, boosted by spring break, brought increased visitor arrivals and slightly higher per person per day spending, which resulted in an additional $99 million in visitor expenditures,” said Wienert.
“It is especially gratifying to see the amount of growth in visitor arrivals and spending on the neighbor islands of Maui, Kaua‘i and the Big Island of Hawai‘i in March, where increases in air seats contributed to the stronger numbers,” she said.
Arrivals from Korea increased 90.8 percent, while China arrivals rose 23.4 percent. “Year-to-date, we continue to be optimistic about growth from beyond the U.S. and Japan,” said Wienert.
“…these new developing markets are key to Hawai‘i’s tourism future. Unlike 74.9 percent of our mainland visitors and 82.8 percent of the visitors from the U.S. West who were repeat guests to our islands in the first quarter, visitors from new developing markets tend to be first timers and spend more on a per person per day basis compared to other market segments,” Wienert said.
(Posted by Wendy Osher)