Kaʻauhau ʻo Hawaii: aia ka hoʻolilo kālā ʻana o ka mea kipa ma Aloha Moku'āina

Makahiki-i-kēia lā 2021

Through the first eight months of 2021, total visitor spending was $7.98 billion. This represented a decrease of 33.8 percent from the $12.06 billion spent through the first eight months of 2019.

A total of 4,353,794 visitors arrived in the first eight months of 2021, a 98.5 percent growth from a year ago. Total arrivals were down 38.6 percent compared to the 7,092,809 visitors in the first eight months of 2019.

ʻO ka ʻōlelo a DBEDT Luna Hoʻokele ʻo Mike McCartney:

Although we are not at 2019 visitor and expenditure levels, we are seeing increases in the August recovery rate at 78 percent in terms of arrivals and 90.8 percent in terms of visitor expenditures when compared with August 2019. Visitors who came in August stayed longer (9.07 vs 8.46 days) and spent more on a per person per day basis ($208.9 vs. $191.7) as compared with the same month in 2019.

We are happy to see flights from Canada increase significantly in August (from two flights in July to 36 flights in August) due to the resumption of Air Canada flights from Vancouver to Oahu and Maui. Visitor count from Canada reached 6,154 in August and was the highest since the breakout of COVID-19 in March 2020. In August, air seats from the U.S. mainland were 23.2 percent higher than those a year ago while air seats from international destinations were only 11 percent of what they were a year ago. 

We expect tourism to be slowing down in September and October, but recovery will accelerate in November. The easing of the international travel restrictions by the Federal government that will be effective in November will help bring more international visitors to our state. We expect total visitor arrivals for the year will be at 6.8 million (65 percent recovery from 2019) and visitor expenditures at $12.2 billion (68.5 percent recovery from 2019).

Statement by Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries:

The August 2021 results showed that total visitor spending and visitor arrivals continued to steadily improve on the strength of the domestic travel market. However, until the international travel market returns, Hawaii will not reach the pre-pandemic levels of higher visitor spending that is essential to the state’s economy. It is also important to remember that tourism recovery is non-linear, meaning it ebbs and flows, and softening is anticipated for the traditionally slower fall shoulder season.

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