The Maui News - The Hawai'i Tourism Authority's monthly visitor statistics report revealed that January was a strong month for the industry throughout the state. Spending was up 13.9 percent from the same month last year, reaching a high of $1.345 billion. Authority president and CEO Mike McCartney noted that it was the highest January on record. The spending surpassed December numbers of $1.298 billion.
The total equated to a daily spending of $192 per person and an increase of visitors by 7.7 percent, or 643,616 for the month. The last time that Hawai'i saw the average daily visitor rate as high (at 223,452 per day) was in July of 2005.
January is typically an indication of the year to come, according to McCartney. "A strong holiday season, combined with pent up demand for travel to the Hawaiian Islands, increases in airlift and a large delegation of convention attendees were all contributing factors to the increases seen in January," he said.