The Hawaii Tourism Authority, HTA, released visitor statistics for the month of May on Thursday.
Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.39 billion in May 2019, a decrease of 2.1% compared to the same month last year, according HTA.
Tourism dollars from the Transient Accommodations Tax helped to fund several community events and initiatives statewide in May, including the 42nd Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, 92nd Annual City & County of Honolulu Lei Day Celebration, Kau Coffee Festival, Parade of Farms, and Maui Matsuri.
In May, visitor spending increased from U.S. West and Canada, but declined from U.S. East, Japan and all other International Markets compared to a year ago.
On a statewide level, average daily visitor spending was down in May year-over-year. Visitors from Canada spent more per day, while travelers spent less from U.S. West, U.S. East, Japan, and All Other International Markets.
Total visitor arrivals increased 4.6 percent to 841,376 visitors in May, supported by growth in arrivals from both air service and cruise ships. Total visitor days increased 2.2 percent. The average daily census, or the number of visitors on any given day in May, was 226,215, up 2.2% compared to a year ago.
Visitor arrivals by air service increased in May from U.S. West and U.S. East, but declined from Japan, Canada and All Other International Markets.
Among the four larger islands, visitor spending in May on Oahu rose slightly with visitor arrivals also increasing compared to a year ago. Meanwhile, visitor spending on Maui decreased despite growth in visitor arrivals.
This was also the case for the island of Hawaii, as visitor spending declined, while visitor arrivals increased. Kauai recorded decreases in both visitor spending and visitor arrivals.
A total of 1,118,421 trans-Pacific air seats serviced the Hawaiian Islands in May, up 2.2% from a year ago. Growth in air seats from U.S. West and Canada offset declines from Oceania, Japan and Other Asia Markets. There was no growth in seat capacity from U.S. East compared to May 2018.