April 2012 reached all-time highs for this typically slower period for Hawai'i's tourism economy, as both visitor spending and arrivals surpassed record years for April, reaching $1.16 billion and more than 640,000 visitors.
Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawai'i Tourism Authority, said, "We were pleased to see the increases in spending and arrivals throughout all of the Hawaiian Islands, providing an economic boost across the state. It is important that we continue to support efforts that help to balance airlift and room availability for the overall benefit of our state's tourism economy."
Increases in air traffic to the Hawaiian Islands with new routes, as well as the move to larger aircraft, were significant contributors to a robust April. Growth is anticipated to continue into May.
"We continue to monitor the meetings, conventions and incentives (MCI) market, as we look to build business in future years with an emphasis on 2016, 2017 and 2018," McCartney said in a written statement. "Fine-tuning our efforts in this market will enable us to sustain and expand a strong foundation for Hawai'i's visitor industry."