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Tourism spending, arrivals spike for Lanai

Maui County leads hotel performance

Visitor spending and arrivals to Lanai last month spiked by the largest year-over-year percentages among all Hawaiian Islands, a recent Hawaii Tourism Authority report showed.

Lanai’s total visitor spending skyrocketed by 62.6 percent last month to $12.6 million, up from $7.7 million in August 2018. The smallest of Maui County’s visited islands also saw a 17.3 percent increase in year-to-date spending of $85.7 million, up from $73 million during the same timeframe last year.

In addition, Lanai arrivals bumped 34.4 percent to 8,129 in August, up from 6,051 last year. Year to date, the island saw an 18.4 increase to 60,923 over 2018 arrivals.

For Maui island, total visitor spending, daily spending and visitor arrivals increased last month. Spending was up 14 percent to $404.8 million; daily spending increased 4.1 percent to $203; visitor arrivals rose 11.3 percent to 273,786.

Daily spending for Maui is 2.4 percent lower to date, but total spending rose slightly, 0.6 percent to $3.51 billion.

More tourists were coming to Maui from the U.S. West and U.S. East, but fewer were coming from Japan.

Molokai visitor arrivals saw a 23.6 percent increase to 4,890 in August, up from 3,955 during the same month last year. Spending was down 13.7 percent to $1.8 million, though. Per person per day spending was down 5.9 percent to 109.7.

People visited more and spent more in Hawaii in August compared with the same month last year, according to the HTA data, in part due to 2018’s travel concerns of Hurricane Lane and the Kilaeua eruption. Visitors to the state spent a total of $1.5 billion in August, an increase of 6.3 percent compared to the same month last year.

However, year-to-date information through August shows that total visitor spending is still down 0.5 percent to $12.08 billion compared with 2018. Also, average daily spending is down 3.1 percent to $194 per person due to lower spending by visitors from most markets, the report said.

Meanwhile, total visitor arrivals to Hawaii increased 5.2 percent to 7,117,572 compared to January through August last year, boosted by growth in air service and cruise ships.

Also last month, Hawaii hotels statewide showed growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR), average daily rate (ADR) and occupancy compared to the same time last year, with Maui hotels again taking the lead, a report published by HTA said. The group noted that last year’s hotel performance was also impacted by weather events.

Hawaii’s August RevPAR increased 10.7 percent to $244, with ADR up 3.4 percent to $290 and occupancy rising 5.5 percentage points to 84.3 percent over August of 2018, according to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report.

Among Hawaii’s four island counties, Maui County hotels led the state in RevPAR, up 12.7 percent to $306, with ADR increasing 3.5 percent to $389 and occupancy rising 6.5 percentage points to 78.6 percent in August. The county was boosted by a strong performance of properties in Wailea, which showed a RevPAR increase of 9.3 percent to $542, an ADR increase of 4.4 percent to $608 and an occupancy increase of 4 percentage points to 89.2 percent.

For information and full reports, visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org.