Hawaii Visitor Statistics Released for March 2020
News Release from HTA, April 30, 2020
HONOLULU – In March 2020, both visitor spending and arrivals were down more than 50 percent compared to a year ago, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to preliminary statistics released today.
Flight cancellations to the Hawaiian Islands began in February 2020, initially affecting the China market. In March the majority of flights to Hawaii were cancelled, and the industry really started to see the impact.
On March 13, most cruise lines voluntarily suspended ship operations in U.S. waters. On March 17, Hawaii Gov. David Ige asked upcoming visitors to postpone their trips for at least the next 30 days. The counties also began issuing stay-at-home orders. As of March 26, all passengers arriving from out-of-state were required to abide by a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine.
As a result, visitor spending was down 52.2 percent in March 2020, year-over-year. Visitors to Hawaii spent a total of $720.2 million, including U.S. West (-45.2% to $316.8 million), U.S. East
(-43.0% to $230.5 million), Japan (-63.0% to $67.5 million), Canada (-58.9% to $56.5 million) and All Other International Markets (-76.3% to $47.5 million).
Also in March, visitor arrivals were down 53.7 percent compared to a year ago. A total of 434,856 visitors traveled to Hawaii, comprising arrivals by air service (-53.6% to 430,691) and cruise ships (-64.8% to 4,165). Total visitor days declined 49.7 percent versus a year ago.
Arrivals by air service decreased from Japan (-66.1%), Canada (-65.0%), All Other International Markets (-60.6%), U.S. West (-49.7%) and U.S. East (-45.9%).
A total of 943,095 trans-Pacific air seats serviced the Hawaiian Islands in March, down 20.9 percent from a year ago, due to reduction/suspension of flights from Other Asia (-64.5%), Canada (-48.9%), Oceania (-37.3%), Japan (-26.7%), U.S. East (-14.2%) and U.S. West (-14.0%).
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SA: Coronavirus impact drove Hawaii tourism down over 50% in March, erasing earlier 2020 gains