LIHUE — Tourism started 2018 on the same note as it finished 2017: Up.
“We are fortunate that Hawaii’s tourism industry began 2018 with outstanding results in January,” said George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “It’s notable that Maui, Kauai and the island of Hawaii all achieved new record monthly totals as well in visitor spending.”
Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.7 billion in January, an increase of 4.9 percent compared to January 2017, according to preliminary statistics released Wednesday by the HTA. It was the highest statewide total for visitor spending ever recorded for a single month in Hawaii’s history.
Kauai saw 109,283 visitors in January, a 10 percent increase from January 2017. Those visitors spent $191 million — the highest monthly total ever recorded on Kauai — an increase of 2.3 percent over the same month a year ago.
Total arrivals to Hawaii grew 5.4 percent to 796,483 visitors in January.
A benefit of tourism’s success in January is that $197 million in state tax revenue was generated, which is also a record monthly total, Szigeti said.