Maui Visitor Spending Up, Arrivals Down in March
By Wendy Osher
Visitor arrivals to Maui fell in March, but higher average daily spending contributed to a 5.7% increase in Maui visitor expenditures, according to updated data released by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.
According to the report, arrivals to Maui fell 2.7% to 215,485 visitors; daily average spending was up 8% to $193 per person per day; and visitor expenditures on Maui increased to $347.4 million in March.
The report also noted a nearly 3% increase in growth from US East Coast visitors to Maui; a decline of nearly 5% form the West Coast of the US; a 1.5% drop in visitors from Canada; and a 3.2% drop in visitors from Japan.
The outer islands of Molokaʻi saw an 7.5% increase in visitors, but a 7.9% decrease in visitor expenditures; and Lānaʻi showed a 22% drop in arrivals, and a 19.8% drop in expenditures over the same period, according to the HTA data.
Year-to-date, visitor expenditures were down across all islands in Maui County including: -2.2% on Maui, -6.4% on Molokaʻi, and -14.3% on Lānaʻi, according to data released by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.
The report shows that year-to-date figures for visitor arrivals on Molokaʻi were up 2.7%; but down 2.8% on Maui and down 17.4% on Lānaʻi.
Statewide, visitor expenditures fell 3.5% in March, compared to the same time last year; visitor arrivals declined 5.2% to 728,814 visitors; and per person per day spending was up 1.8% to $189, according to the HTA.
Tourism officials say visitor expenditures for the first quarter of 2014 fell 3.1% to $3.8 billion and total arrivals dropped 3.2% to 2,058,207 visitors.
Statewide, HTA data indicates arrivals by air for the first quarter included: a 7.1% drop from US West; 1.5% drop from the US East; 3.1% increase from Japan; 1.5% increase from Canada; 13.1% increase from other Asia locations; and a 5.1% increase from Oceania.
First quarter data from the HTA showed total visitor expenditures were higher on Kauaʻi (+1.4%), declined on Oʻahu (-5%) and Maui (-2.2%), and was about the same for Hawaiʻi Island (+0.7%) compared to year-to-date 2013 data.