Key tourism numbers fall in Hawaii for Feb

Total visitor spend in Hawaii fell slightly in February along with hotel occupancy, average daily rate and revenue per available room, despite the fact that arrivals remained relatively stable compared with the same month in 2018, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

A total of 782,584 people visited the Aloha State in February, a half-percentage point bump over the previous February. But visitors to the Islands spent $1.39 billion during the month, a roughly 3% decrease from 2018, and the average daily visitor spend was also down, by roughly 1%. While visitor spending among people from the U.S. West increased nearly 5% in February, spending decreased for all other markets tracked by the HTA.

While the number of visitors was slightly up, the average length of stay dipped for most markets, and the total visitor days in February declined 2%. Of the four major counties, Hawaii Island had the steepest declines, down 18% in spending and 15% in visitor arrivals for the month.

Through the first two months of 2019, visitor spending declined 2% while arrivals increased 2% compared with the same period last year. Yet, according to the HTA report, shorter average stays have meant the total visitor days through January and February are similar to 2018.

Additionally, according to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report published by the HTA, hotel occupancy fell three percentage points, to 83%, in February with RevPAR declining 4% (to $242) and ADR down 1% (to $290). Hotel room revenues in the state fell approximatley 6%, to $360 million.

There were more than 22,000 fewer available room nights, a 2% decrease, in February and approximately 58,000 fewer occupied room nights, a 5% drop, compared with a year ago. Several hotel properties across the state were closed for renovation or had rooms out of service for renovation during February, according to the HTA.

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