Average December will push Kaua’i over 1 million visitors for 6th straight year

Kaua’i will need to host just 78,149 visitors this month to go over the one-million-visitor mark for the sixth straight year, after receiving 77,814 visitors last month.

For the past five Decembers, the island has averaged 79,921 visitors a month. The December and whole-year figures won’t be available until the end of January.

According to figures from the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, the island greeted 921,851 visitors for the first 11 months this year, down slightly from the same period last year.

The state greeted 485,970 visitors in November, and 5,793,752 visitors for the first 11 months of this year.

Domestic visitors continue to be the island and state’s bread-and-butter visitors, staying an average of 6.73 days on Kaua’i, compared to just 3.84 days for international visitors.

Numbers of total Kaua’i visitors were up last month in both total arrivals and those choosing to stay only on Kaua’i. The Kaua’i-only number for the first 11 months was also up compared to the same period last year, though the total 11-month figure for all Kaua’i visitors was off 1.6 percent compared to the same period in 2001.

Kaua’i and Maui are alone among the counties recording positive numbers of domestic visitors for both the month of November and first 11 months of 2002 in terms of both total domestic visitors, and visitors choosing to stay only on Kaua’i, or only on Maui.

All of the islands except O’ahu recorded increases in U.S. West visitors for the month and 11 months, compared to 2001 similar periods.

Japanese visitors continue to be the guests who spend the most money in the state, $267.20 per person per day for the first 10 months of this year, with other international visitors second, at $195.40 a day, followed by Mainland visitors from east of the Rockies ($164.60), Canadian visitors ($149.30), and Mainland visitors from west of the Rockies ($137.60).

In per-person-per-trip spending, non-Canadian and non-Japanese international visitors spent the most over the first 10 months this year, $1908.30, followed by Canadian visitors ($1,858.90), then U.S. East visitors ($1,742.60), followed by Japanese visitors ($1,624.40), and U.S. West visitors ($1,361.90).

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