Kauai sees record January visitor arrivals, spending

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.

  1. LMat March 1, 2018 8:54 am Reply

    Yea, the increase is evident when you drive thru Waimea town at pau hana time.
    Only within the past few years has traffic got pretty bad going thru Waimea, on a weekday, in the afternoon. The Westside has never been as popular as other spots on the island, but now, it’s crazy. And that’s not a good thing for us locals.

  2. Sunrise_blue March 1, 2018 8:55 am Reply

    How can your mayor come up with any figures in the 2018 – 2019 fiscal budget? In 1984 he was playing football at UH. Some of us were already working or in college going to school. The loans they do for athletes is ridiculous. They foreclose on the mortgage if any, so they don’t pay for football. They pay a fee, food. This guy is a lame brain in the community. Totally unqualified. That is a day job. A ridiculous man. What job does he have?

  3. Sunrise_blue March 1, 2018 9:05 am Reply

    Honestly, the mayor is good news. So he stresses growing up with kids in town. That is him. What about the job? Played football at UH.

  4. harv March 1, 2018 2:49 pm Reply

    This is not good news. Tourists, please stay home or go to Maui. We can’t handle any more of you. Sorry.

    1. Credit March 1, 2018 7:14 pm Reply

      Alright. We wont go to Kauai but dont come to the mainland US, Europe, Asia or Australia. We cant handle you either. Plus. If you are OK all by yourselves then we wont export anything to your island. You can live out of the roosters in the island. Sorry.

  5. David H March 2, 2018 8:29 am Reply

    Yes, traffic is out of hand everywhere on island. Tourism is a nice industry, but enough is enough already. You can get too much of a good thing and this is case in point. Could we slow it down a bit tourist promotors and local government???

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