Guests to Maui are nonetheless shelling out way more on their holidays than they did pre-pandemic, at the same time as fewer persons are arriving than earlier than the COVID-spurred journey slowdowns.
Guests to Maui spent a complete of $549.8 million in June, a 15.2 p.c enhance over the $477.1 million they spent in June 2019, in keeping with the newest report launched by the state Division of Enterprise, Financial Improvement and Tourism on Thursday.
In the meantime, there have been 288,333 guests arriving by air to Maui in June, a 2.6 p.c decline from the 295,926 guests reported in June 2019, although it might really feel like rather more for many individuals heading to the Kahului Airport, the place lengthy strains prompted state transportation officers earlier this month to induce individuals to reach even earlier to make their flights.
Different islands have been seeing an analogous development of fewer guests however greater spending. Statewide, guests spent $1.83 billion in June, a rise of 12.3 p.c in comparison with the $1.63 billion reported for June 2019. On the similar time, arrivals by air and cruise ship to Hawaii totaled 842,927 in June, a lower of 11 p.c from the 947,112 arrivals in June 2019.
A complete of 1,118 guests got here by cruise ship in June, although a breakdown by island was not obtainable.
Kauai and Maui have been the 2 islands that got here the closest to the customer arrivals they noticed previous to the pandemic. Kauai noticed 133,517 guests by air in June, almost stage with the 134,790 guests who got here in June 2019. Guests there spent $231.2 million in June, up 17.9 p.c from the $196.1 million they spent in June 2019.
Hawaii island additionally got here simply shy of its pre-pandemic numbers, with 157,443 guests arriving by air final month in comparison with the 163,564 guests in June 2019. Guests spent $247.2 million, up 20.1 p.c from the $205.8 million they spent in June 2019.
Whereas spending was up on Oahu as nicely, the usually busiest island trailed its pre-pandemic arrivals greater than most, with 437,769 arrivals in June, down 22.2 p.c from the 562,749 guests recorded in June 2019. Spending reached $787.9 million, up 6.8 p.c from the $738.1 million guests spent in June 2019.
Molokai and Lanai additionally noticed positive aspects in spending amid declines in customer arrivals. On Lanai, 6,082 guests arrived in June, a 32.6 p.c lower from the 9,020 who got here in June 2019, and spent $12.8 million, a 15.5 p.c enhance from the $11.1 million they spent in June 2019.
On Molokai, customer arrivals tumbled to three,549 in June, down 38.5 p.c from the 5,776 who got here in June 2019. Spending rose 14.1 p.c from $2.3 million in June 2019 to $2.6 million final month.
Vacationers are likely to spend essentially the most per journey on Lanai and Maui; per particular person per journey spending in June averaged a state excessive $2,110.70 on Lanai, adopted by Maui at $1,906.90 and Oahu at $1,799.80.
“We proceed to be optimistic within the restoration of the customer business for the prosperity of our communities and companies however know that with the attain of the Omircron’s new variant, the customer business’s wholesome return can simply be impacted,” DBEDT Director Mike McCartney stated in a press release. “Persevering with to apply COVID secure well being habits is foremost in preserving Hawaii economically sturdy.”
Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries identified that “common day by day customer spending in Hawaii elevated considerably for the primary half of 2022,” with greater positive aspects on the U.S. West and East Coasts and the Canadian markets.
Midway via the yr, Maui has seen a complete of 1,406,058 guests, a 7.7 p.c decline from the 1,522,534 guests arriving within the first half of 2019, in keeping with the report. Guests to Maui have spent $2.79 billion via the primary six months of 2022, a 6.9 p.c enhance over the $2.61 billion spent within the first half of 2019.
Statewide via the primary half of 2022, complete customer spending was $9.23 billion, up 4.2 p.c from the $8.86 billion spent within the first half of 2019. Customer arrivals reached 4,431,332 within the first half of the yr, a 14.3 p.c lower from the 5,171,182 arrivals within the first half of 2019.
“This vital shift signifies our present guests are spending considerably extra on their Hawaii journey, counter to the misperception that we’re seeing a lower-spending, price range traveler,” Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries stated in a press release. “Even with these higher-spending guests, we should proceed our efforts in vacation spot administration to make sure the stability of financial advantages with environmental and group wellbeing.”
* Colleen Uechi could be reached at [email protected]com.