Hawaii tourism down 4.3 per cent in February as travel from domestic markets declining

HONOLULU, Hawaii – Hawaii tourism officials say travellers from the domestic United States are declining as the islands saw fewer visitors in February than in the same month last year.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday that Hawaii welcomed 647,000 visitors in February, 4.3 per cent less than in February 2013.

Spending for the month was relatively flat at $1.2 billion, declining less than 1 per cent. The authority that markets Hawaii to tourists worldwide says the drop in visitors was partly offset by higher daily spending of $203 per person, up 2.6 per cent.

Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO Mike McCartney says declining arrivals from the eastern and western U.S. is a trend likely to continue in the second quarter of the year.

He says the authority has been focused on international markets.