Hawai'i's tourism economy continued to prosper in May. Total expenditures and arrivals achieved record highs for the second consecutive month, reaching $1.1 billion and bringing 622,899 visitors.
Mike McCarthy, president and CEO of the Hawai'i Tourism Authority, credited recent increases in domestic and international airlift, along with major conventions, festivals and events throughout the state, all of which helped to generate an additional $159 million in May 2012 compared to last year, contributing to job growth and positive economic recovery for all major islands.
Also contributing to the strong growth in May 2012 was a 55.5 percent increase in arrivals by cruise ship visitors to 7,224.
Total visitor expenditures for the first five months of 2012 grew 16.8 percent ($841.4 million), from the same period last year, to $5.85 billion. Total arrivals increased 10 percent to 3,255,048 visitors in the first five months of 2012, with growth from all visitor markets.
Hawai'i's summer season is anticipated to be even more prosperous than in previous years with new direct service including Hawaiian Airlines' New York flight, United Airlines' District of Columbia flight, and Allegiant Airlines' Las Vegas and Fresno flights.