The Garden Island Newspaper reports that for the first 9 months of 2017, visitors have spent $1.4 billion on Kauai, a 10.1% increase over the same period in 2016. Also, Kauai has welcomed 963,752 visitors in the first 3 quarters of 2017, which is an increase of 7.3% over the same period in 2016. In September alone, Kauai had 97,181 visitors, an increase of 9.1% over September 2016.
Tourism in Hawaii in general is up, as total arrivals throughout the state are up 4.9% through the first 3 quarters of 2017, seeing a boost in both air arrivals and cruise ship arrivals. Total tourism spending throughout the state is up 7.1% in total so far in 2017.
A representative of the Hawaii Tourism Authority stated, “The growth in visitor spending is broad-based with double-digit increases reported for Hawaii’s four major source markets, U.S. West, U.S. East, Japan and Canada,” he said. “Accordingly, the economies of our four island counties are continuing to benefit, led by the island of Hawaii with a gain of 16.4 percent in visitor spending that is a direct result of the additional air access introduced this year.”
The full article from the Garden Island Newspaper can be read here: Tourism Posts Strong Third Quarter