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Visitor arrivals were down to a mere trickle in April

Maui County hosted 647 visitors in April, down from 248,042 last year, with COVID-19 passenger quarantines for Mainland travelers in place and most hotels shut down.

That represented a 99.7 percent decline from last year for April, according to Hawaii Tourism Authority data released Thursday.

Interestingly, the few visitors were staying almost three times longer, 21 days compared to eight days last year.

Molokai and Lanai did not fare better. Molokai had 30 arrivals in April, compared to 4,330 last year. Lanai logged 21 arrivals, down from 5,294.

The average daily number of visitors on each island in April was 449 on Maui, seven on Molokai and one on Lanai.

Spending totals were not available.

All visitors arriving from out of state since March 26 have been required to abide by a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. The self-quarantine went into effect for inter-island travel April 1.

A total of 4,564 people visited the Hawaiian Islands in April, 3,150 on Oahu. There were 856,250 visitors last April. Cruise ships brought another 24,805 visitors to Hawaii last April, but ocean liners have halted operations due to virus outbreaks on ships.

The full news release can be found at www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/media/4678/april-2020-visitor-statistics-press-release-final.pdf.

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