HTA: Maui Visitor Days Decreased 99.3% in April 2020May 28, 2020, 9:57 AM HST · Updated May 29, 8:36 AM 18 Comments
In April, total visitor days decreased 99.3 percent from a year ago, according to preliminary data compiled in a news visitor statistics report prepared and released by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority’s Tourism Research Division.
On Maui, there were 647 visitors in April 2020 versus 248,042 visitors a year ago. Year-to-date, Maui arrivals dropped 38.4 percent to 603,835 visitors.
Statewide, visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands in April 2020 decreased 99.5 percent compared to a year ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the report.
According to the HTA, total air capacity in April dropped 91.4 percent to 95,985 seats, comprised of 90,286 scheduled air seats (-91.8%) and 5,699 charter seats (-57.9%). Service to Hilo was suspended and there were very few air seats serving Honolulu (-88.4% to 79,193), Kahului (-96.7% to 7,996), Kona (-95.4% to 4,781) and Līhu‘e (-95.0% to 4,015) compared to a year ago.
All passengers arriving from out-of-state (since March 26) and traveling interisland (since April 1) are required to abide by a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The quarantine remains in effect until at least June 30 for incoming passengers from out-of-state. Exemptions include travel for essential reasons like work or health care.
The state’s four counties enforced strict stay-at-home orders and curfews in April. Nearly all trans-Pacific flights to Hawaiʻi were cancelled. In addition, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention renewed its “No Sail Order” on all cruise ships until late July 2020.
*Below are additional highlights compiled in the HTA report:
- O‘ahu: In April, total visitor days dropped 97.5 percent compared to a year ago. There were 3,150 visitors on O‘ahu in April versus 494,125 visitors a year ago. Through the first four months of 2020, visitor arrivals decreased 37.9 percent to 1,226,162 visitors.
- Maui: In April, total visitor days decreased 99.3 percent from a year ago. There were 647 visitors on Maui in April versus 248,042 visitors a year ago. Year-to-date, arrivals dropped 38.4 percent to 603,835 visitors.
- Kaua‘i: In April, visitor days declined 99.2 percent compared to a year ago. There were 308 visitors on Kaua‘i in April compared to 105,792 visitors a year ago. Through the first four months of 2020, visitor arrivals decreased 36.0 percent to 281,989 visitors.
- Hawai‘i Island: In April, visitor days decreased 97.9 percent from a year ago. There were 705 visitors on Hawai‘i island in April compared to 130,364 visitors a year ago. Through the first four months of 2020, arrivals dropped 33.4 percent to 390,843 visitors.
In the first four months of 2020, total visitor arrivals dropped 37.3 percent to 2,130,051 visitors, with considerably fewer arrivals by air service (-37.0% to 2,100,259) and by cruise ships (-53.8% to 29,792) versus a year ago. Total visitor days fell 34.5 percent.
Year-to-date, visitor arrivals by air service decreased from U.S. West (-35.8% to 911,899), U.S. East (-30.0% to 515,537), Japan (-40.5% to 294,241), Canada (-41.3% to 155,744) and All Other International Markets (-46.5% to 222,837).
- U.S. West: In April, 2,327 visitors arrived from the Pacific region compared to 320,012 a year ago, and 650 visitors came from the Mountain region compared to 63,914 a year ago. Year-to-date, visitor arrivals declined significantly from both the Pacific (-37.8% to 689,079) and Mountain (-28.8% to 202,724) regions compared to the same period a year ago.
- U.S. East: Through the first four months of the year, visitor arrivals dropped considerably from all regions. The three largest regions, East North Central (-32.1% to 109,490), West North Central (-21.3% to 93,899) and South Atlantic (-35.0% to 93,696) saw substantial decreases compared to the same period a year ago.
- Japan: In April, 13 visitors arrived from Japan compared to 119,492 visitors a year ago. Year-to-date, arrivals fell 40.5 percent to 294,241 visitors.
- Canada: In April, nine visitors arrived from Canada compared to 55,690 visitors a year ago. Year-to-date arrivals decreased to 155,744 visitors (-41.3%).
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