David Y.Ige | DBEDT PRESS RELEASE: VISITOR ARRIVALS IN JULY 2022 RECOVER 92.4% COMPARED TO JULY 2019

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DBEDT PRESS RELEASE: VISITOR ARRIVALS IN JULY 2022 RECOVER 92.4% COMPARED TO JULY 2019

Published on August 29, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room

HONOLULU – According to preliminary visitor statistics released by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), a total of 919,154 visitors came to the Hawaiian Islands in July 2022, representing a recovery of 92, 4% compared to July 2019. This is the highest month. number of visitors since January 2020. Visitors spent $1.94 billion in the state in July 2022, a 14.3% increase from the $1.70 billion reported for July 2019.

Visitor Spending and Visitor Arrivals by Major Market

The 919,154 visitors in July 2022 all arrived by air, primarily from the western and eastern United States. By comparison, 995,210 visitors (-7.6%) arrived by air in July 2019. No out-of-state cruise ships came to Hawai’i in July 2022 or July 2019. The average length stay of visitors in July 2022 was 9.36 days, compared to 8.92 days (+4.9%) in July 2019.

The Statewide Average Daily Census[1] was 277,444 visitors in July 2022 compared to 286,419 visitors (-3.1%) in July 2019.

In July 2022, 528,319 visitors arrived from the Western United States, an increase of 14.2% over the 462,676 visitors in July 2019. Visitors from the Western United States spent 973, $8 million in July 2022, up 45.4% from $669.8 million in July 2019. Western US daily spending the number of visitors in July 2022 ($211 per person ) was much higher than in July 2019 ($165 per person, +27.6%).

There were 249,157 visitors from the Eastern United States in July 2022, a growth of 2.3% from 243,498 visitors in July 2019. Visitors from the Eastern United States spent $643.4 million in July 2022, up 26% from $510.7 million in July 2019. Daily spending by Eastern US visitors in July 2022 ($260 per person) increased significantly increased compared to July 2019 ($216 per person, +20.1%).

There were 23,133 visitors from Japan in July 2022 compared to 134,587 visitors (-82.8%) in July 2019. Visitors from Japan spent $42.8 million in July 2022 compared to $186.5 million (- 77%) in July 2019. Daily spending by Japanese visitors in July 2022 ($233 per person) was stable compared to July 2019 ($234 per person, -0.4%).

In July 2022, 25,684 visitors arrived from Canada compared to 26,939 visitors (-4.7%) in July 2019. Visitors to Canada spent $57.1 million in July 2022, compared to $50.1 million dollars (+14%) in July 2019. Daily spending by Canadian visitors in July 2022 ($189 per person) increased compared to July 2019 ($158 per person, +19.6%).

In July 2022, there were 92,861 visitors from all other international markets, which included visitors from Oceania, other countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, Guam, the Philippines and the islands of the Pacific. In comparison, there were 127,510 visitors (-27.2%) from all other international markets in July 2019.

As of July 2022, a total of 5,439 transpacific flights with 1,159,031 seats served the Hawaiian Islands, compared to 5,681 flights with 1,254,165 seats in July 2019.

In the first seven months of 2022, total visitor spending was $11.16 billion, up 5.8% from $10.55 billion in the first seven months of 2019. , 5,350,486 visitors arrived in the first seven months of 2022, which is a decrease from the first. seven months of 2019 to 6,166,392 visitors (-13.2%).

Final statistics 2021: The 2021 visitor data presented in this news release are final figures and reflect updated immigration statistics from the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO), updated statistics airline seats updates from the DIIO Mi. airline database (DIIO) and final airline reports. These statistics are published in the DBEDT 2021 Annual Visitor Research Report, which is posted on the DBEDT website: dbedt.hawaii.gov/visitor/visitor-research/

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Statement from DBEDT Director Mike McCartney:

As we jump to the middle of 2022 and compare the state’s economic recovery through tourism with 2019, visitors spent 5.8% or $610.1 million more during the same period, arrivals to Hawai’i down 13.2% or -815,906 for the first seven months. We are currently recovered at 86.8% compared to 2019.

Therefore, as we move forward together, we must strive to achieve a healthy balance between our community, the environment and the visitor industry. This balance also includes the return of our international markets later this year. Tourism is an economic opportunity for individuals, businesses and communities to uplift and strengthen our home.

The DBEDT does not foresee a full recovery before 2025.

Statement from HTA President and CEO, John De Fries:

A significant economic recovery continued during the summer month of July, with Hawai’i seeing a significant increase in total spending by visitors from the U.S. and Canadian markets compared to July 2019. Travel demand from Japan is expected to gradually increase as fall and winter approach. seasons, with the recent resumption of air service between Tokyo-Kona and Tokyo-Honolulu adding to the regular return of international flights.

Our destination management work will continue to focus on educating visitors to travel to our islands in a conscious way, as we seek to balance the economic vitality of our industry with the health of our natural environment and the well- to be from our communities. Travelers around the world have come to know and appreciate that Hawaii is indeed a special place where dreams come true.

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Media contacts:

Jennifer Chun

Director of Tourism Research

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

(808) 973-9446

[email protected]hawaii.gov

Charlene Chan

Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism

(808) 824-0134

[email protected]

http://dbedt.hawaii.gov

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