Double-digit increases seen in April arrivals

Predictably fueled by double-digit increases in both domestic visitors and Mainland guests from states west of the Rocky Mountains, Kauai zoomed into positive-percentage growth in visitor arrivals in April.

Kauai and Maui alone among the counties recorded year-to-date and April-only increases in total visitor arrivals, as well as increases in visitors who traveled only to Kauai or only to Maui.

Kauai in April greeted 78,823 total visitors, up 5.2 percent from April 2002 results. Of the total April visitors this year, 32,502, or 41 percent of all visitors, stayed only on Kauai, according to figures from the state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.

Total Kauai visitors for the first four months this year were 312,126, up from 310,921 the same period last year. Some 121,740 people, or 39 percent of all arrivals the first four months this year, stayed only on Kauai.

The state greeted 479,371 visitors in April this year, up slightly from the same month last year, and 2,038,928 visitors for the first four months this year, up 1.5 percent over the same period in 2002.

Of Kauai’s total visitors in April, 71,857 were domestic, accounting for over 91 percent of all visitors. Domestic arrivals to Kauai increased 10.4 percent April this year compared to April 2002, and 16 percent for Kauai-only arrivals.

For the first four months this year, Kauai greeted 268,203 domestic visitors, up 4.7 percent compared to the same period last year, and 115,407 Kauai-only visitors, up 11.8 percent from 103,210 over the first four months of 2002.

Kauai recorded similar increases in U.S. West visitors for both April and the first four months of 2003. U.S. West visitors (from states west of the Rockies) accounted for nearly 57 percent of all domestic visitors in April, and nearly 52 percent of all visitors to Kauai that month.

Out-of-state visitors to Kauai spent on average $144 per person per day on the island during the first quarter this year.

As anticipated, certain island occupancy rates surged in April as well, according to information from the Honolulu accounting and management firm PKF-Hawaii.

The North Shore recorded the largest occupancy percentage increase in the state in April, and the highest area occupancy rate in Hawaii, in the resort-condominium category, compared to April of 2002 (81.8 percent from 69.1 percent), while Kauai resort condominiums had the best April occupancy rate in the state, 70.4 percent.

Kauai’s overall occupancy rate in April this year was 66.3 percent, basically unchanged from 66.5 percent in April of last year. Statewide overall occupancy was 69 percent, up from 68.4 percent in April 2002.

For the first four months this year, Kauai’s overall occupancy rate was 69 percent, up from 66.9 percent the same period last year. Statewide occupancy for the first four months this year was 74.7 percent, up from 73.2 percent during the same period in 2002.


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