September Marks Increasing Tourist Arrival Trend in Hawaii

As the industrz data for September has been analysed, it seems Hawaii is on an ongoing increasing trend in tourism. The Hawaii Tourism Authority announced an 8.9 percent increase in visitor arrivals in September, compared to the same month of 2009. The good news for the Hawaii travel industry continued as the arrival increase was supported by an 11.5 percent boost in average daily visitor spending, rising total tourist expenditures of September to over 880 million USD, a boost of 22.2 percent.

2010 has been a good year for Hawaii tourism, as the firs nine months brought total visitor expenditures of 8.4 billion USD, 13.7 percent up from 2009.

“The improvements in the visitor industry over the past several months are helping to grow our economy and the positive impacts are being felt across the state,” state Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert said.
“It’s particularly significant that the neighbor islands are experiencing improvements in visitor arrivals and visitor spending,” she said. “Increased air seats into these islands have helped to bring more visitors from the mainland, which is boosting visitor spending.”

Although all Hawaiian islands reported increased tourist traffic in September, the growth was led by Maui County, arrivals to Molokai, Lanai and Maui reaching double digit increase as compared to the previous year – 18.1 percent, 17.4 percent and 12.6 percent, respectively. Other islands with significant increases were Big Island – 8.8, Oahu – 5.4, and Kauai – 3 percent. Luxurious resorts have been popping up all over the island along with a growth in the diving industry. Luana Garden Villas is one such example of the trend in larger spaces, with 2047 sq ft of interior area with 500+ sq ft of balcony area in each villa.

“The HTA is not letting up, and remains focused on driving demand with aggressive marketing programs to meet our strategic goals in order to improve Hawaii’s tourism economy, which has yet to fully recover from the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009,” Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney said.

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