Hawaii’s post-pandemic recovery accelerated this spring, with the islands welcoming 818,268 visitors in April. The figure represents a 96.3% recovery from April 2019 nearly a year before the COVID-19 crisis began and the highest recovery rate since the pandemic began in Hawaii.
According to other preliminary visitor statistics released by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) on Thursday, visitors spent $1.6 billion on the islands last month, an increase of 21%. compared to $1.32 billion reported for April 2019.
The majority of visitors to Hawaii in April arrived by air from the western United States (514,878) or the eastern United States (188,868). While these two visitor numbers represent growth of 32.5% and 18.7% compared to April 2019, the islands are still looking to return to pre-pandemic marks when it comes to welcoming visitors from Japan (-94.4% in April 2022 compared to April 2019). ), Canada (-24%) and other international markets (-44.4%).
Nonetheless, the destination is on an encouraging path to recovery as summer approaches, with total visitor spending for the first four months of the year reaching $5.83 billion, up slightly from the 5 .81 billion dollars in the first four months of 2019.
“April saw the highest recovery rate in spending and visitor arrivals since February 2020. It was also the 12th consecutive month in which visitor arrivals from the continental United States exceeded the level of the same month in 2019. Daily spending by U.S. visitors increased by 24.5 percent, which has supported our communities, businesses and state tax revenue,” said DBEDT Director, Mike McCartney, in a statement. “Over the next several months, we anticipate and plan for the return of Japanese visitors. The increase in tour groups from Japan will allow us to continue our pivot to educating all visitors about Hawaiian culture and to manage our state’s resources so they can continue to stay healthy.”
“Several international destinations around the world remained inaccessible to American travelers during the month of April, and Hawaii continued to be a favorite destination for many of these travelers from the western and eastern markets of the United States. As we enter the summer months, we are anticipating a more robust recovery in our international markets, particularly Japan,” added the President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, John DeFries.
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