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About 1,000 visitors arrived on Maui in May

Significantly lower than the 250,000 arrivals last year

The Maui News

A total of 1,054 visitors came to Maui in May, which was way down from the 249,208 tourists a year ago with the island’s main industry shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Molokai logged 68 visitors and Lanai, 23, for the month, the Hawaii Tourism Authority report released Monday said.

The average length of stay was 28 days on Maui and 25 days on Molokai, possibly reflecting the two-week quarantine for visitors to Hawaii.

Gov. David Ige announced the lifting of the quarantine for travelers to Hawaii, who complete a COVID-19 test and are negative. Only about two dozen hotel properties were open on Maui as of early May and a few more have opened up or announced reopening after the interisland travel quarantine was lifted June 16. The two Four Seasons luxury resorts on Lanai will reopen Wednesday.

The majority of the visitors to Maui came from the U.S. West, 763, the island’s prime market. Another 234 visitors flew in from the U.S. East, generally Maui’s second largest visitor sector.

There was no data on visitor expenditures.

Maui had logged consecutive record-breaking years, surpassing three million visitors for the first time in 2019. Modest gains in visitor numbers were recorded in January and February, before the impact of the COVID-19 virus began to take effect in late March.

The number of visitor arrivals to Maui for the first five months was 604,888, about half as many tourists as the first five months of 2019.

Visitor arrivals statewide in May were down 99 percent to 9,116, down from 841,376 last year.

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