DBEDT Press Release: CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT IN FEBRUARY VISITOR INDUSTRY
Published on March 31, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Press room
HONOLULU – According to preliminary visitor statistics released by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), total spending by visitors who came to the islands in February 2022 was $1.31 billion, compared to $397.1 million (+229.9%) spent in February. 2021.
Prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic and Hawaii’s quarantine requirements for travelers, the State of Hawaii achieved record high visitor spending and arrivals from 2019 through February 2020. Visitor spending from February 2022 were lower than $1.46 billion (-10.4%) spent in February 2020 and $1.39 billion (-5.6%) reported for February 2019.
A total of 630,647 visitors came in February 2022, including 623,691 visitors who arrived by air, mostly from the western and eastern United States. In addition, 6,956 visitors arrived by cruise ship. In February 2021, 235,283 visitors (+168.0%) arrived by air only and there was no cruise activity. In comparison, 823,910 visitors (-23.5%) came by air and cruise ship in February 2020, and 780,827 visitors (-19.2%) arrived by air and cruise ship in February 2019.
In February 2022, domestic passengers arriving in Hawai’i by air could bypass the state’s mandatory five-day self-quarantine if fully vaccinated in the United States or with a negative COVID-19 NAAT test result. valid from a trusted testing partner. before their departure under the Safe Travels program. Passengers arriving on direct international flights were subject to federal entry requirements to the United States which included proof of a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 24 hours of travel or documentation showing that they are had recovered from COVID-19 within the past 90 days, prior to their flight. Cruise ships that arrived in Hawaiʻi in February 2022 were required to follow strict health and safety protocols under Hawaiʻi’s Safe Travels program, including vaccination, COVID-19 testing, and have staff dedicated medical on board, isolation cabins and a contingency plan with local hospitals to handle any COVID issues.
The average daily census was 211,147 visitors in February 2022, compared to 90,776 visitors (+132.6%) in February 2021, 248,097 visitors (-14.9%) in February 2020 and 246,741 visitors (-14.4%) in February 2019.
In February 2022, 376,761 visitors arrived by air from the American West, compared to 164,861 visitors (+128.5%) in February 2021, 352,707 visitors (+6.8%) in February 2020 and 312,235 visitors ( +20.7%) in February 2019. Visitors from the Western United States spent $728.3 million in February 2022, compared to $264.6 million (+175.3%) in February 2021, $573.1 million (+27.1%) in February 2020 and $499.7 million (+45.7%) in February 2019. US daily spending Visitors from the West in February 2022 ( $227 per person) were much higher than February 2021 ($157 per person, +44.7%), February 2020 ($189 per person, +19.9%) and February 2019 ($184 per person, +23.2%) ).
There were 186,758 visitors from the US East in February 2022, compared to 63,899 visitors (+192.3%) in February 2021, 194,113 visitors (-3.8%) in February 2020 and 176,777 visitors (+5 .6%) in February 2019. US East visitors spent $437.1 million in February 2022, compared to $116.1 million (+276.6%) in February 2021, $419.5 million (+ 4.2%) in February 2020 and $371.6 million (+17.6%) in February 2019. Daily spending by visitors from the eastern United States in February 2022 ($234 per person) increased by report to February 2021
($154 per person, +52.3%), February 2020 ($220 per person, +6.3%) and February 2019 ($209 per person, +11.8%).
There were 2,181 visitors from Japan in February 2022, compared to 695 visitors (+214.0%) in February 2021, 124,122 visitors (-98.2%) in February 2020 and 120,653 visitors
(-98.2%) in February 2019. Visitors from Japan spent $8.1 million in February 2022, compared to $2.4 million (+234.8%) in February 2021, $168.5 million (-95.2%) in February 2020 and $165.5 million (-95.1%) in February 2019. Daily spending by Japanese visitors in February 2022 ($202 per person) was slightly higher than that of February 2021 ($200 pp, +0.7%), but decreased from February 2020 ($243 pp, -16.9%), and February 2019 ($242 pp, -16.8% ).
In February 2022, 29,046 visitors arrived from Canada, compared to 493 visitors (+5,796.1%) in February 2021, 65,352 visitors (-55.6%) in February 2020 and 66,590 visitors (-56.4 %) in February 2019. Visitors from Canada spent $78.7 million in February 2022, compared to $2.3 million (+3,386.8%) in February 2021, $148.2 million (- 46.9%) in February 2020 and $153.0 million (-48.6%) in February 2019. Daily spending by Canadian visitors in February 2022 ($178 per person) increased compared to February 2021 ($165 per person, +7.9%), but was down from February 2020 ($184 per person, -3.4%) and February 2019 ($184 per person, -3.0%).
There were 28,945 visitors from all other international markets in February 2022. These visitors came from Europe, Oceania, other countries in Asia, Latin America, Guam, the Philippines and the Pacific Islands . In comparison, there were 5,336 visitors (+442.5%) from all other international markets in February 2021, 72,530 visitors (-60.1%) in February 2020 and 88,258 visitors (-67.2%) in February 2019.
In February 2022, a total of 4,484 transpacific flights with 938,360 seats served the Hawaiian Islands, compared to 2,556 flights with 532,220 seats in February 2021, 4,989 flights with 1,107,405 seats in February 2020 and 4,611 flights with 1,010 961 seats in February 2019.
Since the beginning of 2022
In the first two months of 2022, total visitor spending was $2.71 billion, up significantly from $795.0 million (+240.6%) in the first two months of 2021 Total visitor spending fell from $3.19 billion (-15.1%) in the first two months. months of 2020 and $3.01 billion (-9.9%) in the first two months of 2019.
A total of 1,204,830 visitors (+195.8%) arrived in the first two months of 2022, almost triple the number of visitors in the same period last year (407,259). Total arrivals down from 1,680,976 visitors (-28.3%) in the first two months of 2020 and 1,598,428 visitors (-24.6%) in the first two months of 2019.
Statement from DBEDT Director Mike McCartney:
Visitors spent $1.3 billion in February, or 10% more per person per day than in 2019, even though statewide we saw fewer visitor arrivals. We expect Hawai’i to continue this momentum, particularly in the spring and then summer, due to the influx of visitors from Japan and other international markets.
With the lifting of the Safe Travels program, Hawai’i will have to prepare for a different mix of visitors. There will be demand from local businesses; restaurants, transportation, retail, activities and lodging, to attract and retain a quality workforce for Hawai’i, which will bring more certainty to the economy. Small businesses in Hawaii now have the opportunity to attract and retain quality workers and employees.
As HTA refines and implements its destination management plans, it will take working with counties to find the balance and ensure the community is an integral part of the process as we all move towards a regenerative visitor industry.
We must continue to be vigilant and remember that public health is the key to a healthy economy. Even though the formal Safe Travels program is over, we hope everyone takes responsibility for keeping Hawai’i safe.
We have learned to live with the virus and we must remember that it is not over yet.
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Director of Tourism Research
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism
 The average daily count measures the number of visitors present on a given day.