Visitor arrivals are up, but their spending has started to plateau, according to data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Through September, total arrivals are up 4.6 percent compared to a year ago but visitor spending was estimated at $11.3 billion, up just 2.6 percent.
Total visitor arrivals to the Aloha State last month broke a record for September, with an increase of 4.7 percent over a year earlier. Maui had the greatest increase at 5.8 percent, while Oahu saw the lowest increase with 2.4 percent. But total visitor spending was 1.2 percent less than a year ago.
While most islands have seen an increase in visitor spending this year, Oahu had a slight drop. Visitor spending on Maui and Kauai increased by 6.4 and 14.9 percent respectively. Tourists’ expenditures remained relatively stable on the Big Island with a .2 percent increase.
Meanwhile, visitor spending dropped on Oahu by .08 percent.
The HTA noted there will be a likely boost in the number of available seats on Hawaii flights in the fourth quarter because of three new flights from two new carriers. Virgin America will begin flying from San Francisco to Honolulu in November and to Kahului in December. Jin Air, a low-cost carrier from South Korea, will begin service between Seoul and Honolulu in December.
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