DBEDT PRESS RELEASE: SEPTEMBER 2022 THE TOTAL NUMBER OF VISITORS WAS 95.5 PERCENT OF THE 2019 STATUS
Posted on October 27, 2022 in Latest Department News, Newsroom
HONOLULU — According to preliminary visitor statistics released by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), a total of 703,270 visitors arrived in the Hawaiian Islands in September 2022, a 95.5 percent recovery from the same month in 2019 is equivalent to. These visitors spent $1.48 billion in nominal dollars in September 2022, an increase of 18.5 percent compared to the $1.25 billion reported for September 2019.
In September 2022, 691,794 visitors arrived via air service, mostly from the western and eastern United States. Additionally, 11,476 visitors arrived by cruise ship during the month. In comparison, in September 2019, 718,042 visitors came by plane (-3.7%) and 18,114 visitors by cruise ship (-36.6%). The average length of stay for all visitors was 8.9 days in September 2022, up from 8.4 days (+5.9%) in September 2019. The nationwide average daily census was 208,589 visitors in September 2022 compared to 206,169 visitors (+1.2%) in September 2019.
In September 2022, there were 395,115 visitors from the western US, an increase of 29.2 percent compared to 305,808 visitors in September 2019. Visitors to the western US spent $779.8 million in September 2022, an increase of 67.3 percent from $466 million in September 2019. Daily spend by US West visitors in September 2022 ($236 per person) was much higher than in September 2019 ($179 per person, +31.6%).
In September 2022, there were 170,995 visitors from the Eastern US, an increase of 28.4 percent compared to the 133,185 visitors in September 2019. Visitors from the Eastern US spent $423.1 million in September 2022, a Increase of 46.5 percent from $288.9 million in September 2019. Daily spend to US East visitors in September 2022 ($254 per person) increased compared to September 2019 ($229 per person, +11.3 %).
In September 2022, there were 24,092 visitors from Japan, compared to 143,928 visitors (-83.3%) in September 2019. Visitors from Japan spent US$42.5 million in September 2022, compared to US$196.5 million (-78.4%) in September 2019. Daily spending of Japanese visitors in September 2022 ($233 per person) was slightly higher than in September 2019 ($231 per person, +0.9%).
In September 2022, 20,960 visitors traveled from Canada, compared to 21,928 visitors (-4.4%) in September 2019. Visitors from Canada spent US$47.5 million in September 2022, compared to US$40.5 million (+17.2%) in September 2019. Daily spending by Canadian visitors in September 2022 ($200 per person) increased significantly compared to September 2019 ($159 per person, +26.1%).
In September 2022, 80,632 visitors came from all other international markets, including visitors from Oceania, the rest of Asia, Europe, Latin America, Guam, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands. In comparison, September 2019 saw 113,192 visitors (-28.8%) from all other international markets.
A total of 4,501 transpacific flights with 957,031 seats served the Hawaiian Islands in September 2022, compared to 4,533 flights (-0.7%) with 1,012,883 (-5.5%) in September 2019.
In the first nine months of 2022, total visitor spend was $14.35 billion, up 7.9 percent from the $13.3 billion spent in the first nine months of 2019. 6,888 in total .439 visitors arrived in the first nine months of 2022, which represents a decrease compared to the first nine months of 2019 at 7,828,965 visitors (-12%).
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Statement from DBEDT Director Mike McCartney:
Japan expects an increase in both inbound and outbound traffic with new (less restrictive) COVID protocols for travelers. Hawaii is anticipating an increase in Japanese travelers as well as overall international travel by the end of the year, which should help end 2022 on a strong note and provide momentum for 2023.
DBEDT remains confident that Hawaii will reach full recovery by 2025 despite a strong dollar, global inflation and fossil fuel supply chain disruptions due to the Ukraine-Russia war. It’s important to note that each visitor to Hawaii spends an average of approximately $2,100 per trip while on our islands, which adds approximately $250 in state tax revenue (per person per trip), not including the tax revenue of the districts to be taken into account. It is also important to note that every 50th visitor supports a job in our country.
As we near full recovery in 2025, we need a healthy mix of local and international travelers who share the values of Mālama Ku’u Home.
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Director of Tourism Research
Department of Economy, Business Development and Tourism
Department of Economy, Business Promotion and Tourism