Total Hawaii visitor spend in February 2021 was $ 385.3 million – a decrease of 73.6%
- There were 90,776 visitors to Hawaii every day in February 2021
- In February 2020, Hawaii had 250,052 visitors per day
- In February, most passengers arriving from outside of the state and traveling between counties could bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day self-quarantine
Hawaii’s visitor industry continues to be affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic. According to preliminary statistics of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)The average daily census found that there were 90,776 visitors to Hawaii on any given day in February 2021, compared to 250,052 visitors per day in February 2020.
In February, most passengers arriving from abroad and traveling between counties were able to bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day self-quarantine with a valid negative COVID-19 NAAT test result from a trusted test partner via the state’s Safe Travels program . All transpacific travelers who participated in the pre-trip testing program were required to produce a negative test result prior to leaving for Hawaii. Kauai County continued to temporarily suspend its participation in the Safe Travels program for trans-Pacific travelers, but inter-island travelers staying in Hawaii for more than three days were able to bypass the quarantine with a valid test result. Trans-Pacific travelers to Kauai have had the opportunity to participate in a pre- and post-travel testing program in a “resort bubble” to shorten their quarantine period. Hawaii and Maui counties also had partial quarantine in February. In addition, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continued to enforce the Conditional Sailing Order on all cruise lines.
A total of 235,283 visitors traveled by plane to Hawaii in February 2021, compared to 828,056 visitors who traveled by plane and cruise ships a year ago. Most of the visitors came from the western US (164,861, -53.6%) and the eastern US (63,899, -67.1%). In addition, 695 visitors came from Japan (-99.4%) and 493 visitors from Canada (-99.2%). There were 5,336 visitors from all other international markets (-93.2%). Many of these visitors were from Guam and a small number of visitors were from other Asian, European, Latin American, Oceanic, Filipino, and Pacific islands.
In terms of the average daily census, on any given day in February there were 60,249 visitors from Hawaii in the western US (-42.7%), 26,996 visitors from the eastern US (-59.0%) and 430 visitors from Japan ( -98.2%) present. 488 visitors from Canada (-98.2%) and 2,613 visitors from all other international markets (-89.9%) decreased significantly compared to February 2020.
Total visitor spend in February 2021 was $ 385.3 million (-73.6%). That was an average of $ 13.8 million per day, compared to $ 50.3 million per day in February 2020. Visitors from the western United States spent $ 9.4 million per day (-52.2%). Visitors from the US East spent $ 4.1 million per day (-71.3%). Visitors from Japan spent $ 86.1 thousand per day (-98.5%). Visitors from Canada spent $ 80.6 thousand per day (-98.4%). Spend data for visitors from other markets was not available.
In February 2021, there were 2,556 transpacific flights and 532,220 flight seats serving the Hawaiian Islands. This corresponded to an average of 91 flights and 19,008 flight seats per day, which is far less than the 172 flights and 38,186 seats per day in February 2020. There were no planned seats from Oceania and significantly fewer planned seats from other Asia, Japan, Canada, the East United States, Western United States, and other countries than a year ago.