Maui Visitor Arrivals Up +1.8% to 216,606 in October
Maui realized growth in both visitor spending (+1.8% to $377.3 million) and visitor arrivals (+1.8% to 216,606) in October of 2018, according to new preliminary data released by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority.
In October, visitor days increased (+2.2%) in Maui County while daily spending experienced a slight decline (-0.4% to $219 per person), which was similar to a year ago.
The growth in visitors from the US West (+7.2%) and US East (+2.0%) to Maui County, helped to offset declines from Japan (-8.6%) and Canada (-2.6%).
The average daily census in Maui County increased 2.2 percent to 55,608 visitors in October. Through the first 10 months, both visitor spending (+10.9% to $4.26 billion) and visitor arrivals (+7.2% to 2,433,648) surpassed last year’s results in Maui County.
Statewide, visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.31 billion in October 2018, down slightly (-0.7%) compared to a year ago. On a statewide level, average visitor spending was down (-2.4% to $200 per person) in October year-over-year. Total visitor arrivals rose to 770,359 (+4.4%) in October, with growth in arrivals from both air service (+4.0%) and cruise ships (+20.1%).
Oʻahu recorded a slight decrease in visitor spending in October, (-0.5% to $598.4 million) despite increased visitor arrivals (+4.3.% to 467,747) compared to a year ago.
Kauaʻi also achieved increases in both visitor spending (+2.1% to $145.1 million) and arrivals (+2.4% to 103,089).
Hawaiʻi Island recorded declines in both visitor spending (-11.4% to $169.2 million) and visitor arrivals (-15.7% to 115,573) compared to October of last year.
All four larger Hawaiian Islands realized growth in visitor spending over the first 10 months of 2018. Visitor arrivals increased on Oʻahu, Maui and Kauaʻi but declined on the island of Hawaiʻi, according to the HTA.
The full report is available online.