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Hawaii Visitor Statistics Released for July 2020

For Immediate Release: August 27, 2020
HTA Release (20-170)

2020-08-27 Hawaii Visitor Statistics Released for July 2020

HONOLULU – The COVID-19 pandemic significantly affected visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands in July 2020. Visitor arrivals dropped 97.7 percent compared to a year ago, according to preliminary statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) Tourism Research Division.

All passengers arriving from out-of-state during July were required to abide by a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Exemptions include travel for essential reasons like work or healthcare. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continued to enforce its “No Sail Order” on all cruise ships.

In July, a total of 22,562 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service compared to 995,210 visitors during the same period a year ago. Most of the visitors were from U.S. West (12,890, -97.2%) and U.S. East (7,516, -96.9%). A few visitors came from Japan (54, -100.0%) and Canada (94, -99.6%). There were 2,008 visitors from All Other International Markets (-98.4%). Many of these visitors were from Guam, and a small number of visitors were from the Philippines, Oceania, Other Asia, Europe, Latin America, Puerto Rico, and the Pacific Islands. Total visitor days[1] decreased 93.7 percent
year-over-year.

A total of 162,130 trans-Pacific air seats serviced the Hawaiian Islands in July, down 87.1 percent from a year ago. There were no direct flights or scheduled seats from Japan, Canada, Oceania, and Other Asia, and very few scheduled seats from U.S. East (-91.3%), U.S. West (-83.3%) and Other countries (-57.2%).

Year-to-Date 2020

In the first seven months of 2020, total visitor arrivals decreased 64.7 percent to 2,178,796 visitors, with significantly fewer arrivals by air service (-64.7% to 2,149,005) and by cruise ships (-61.3% to 29,792) compared to the same period a year ago. Total visitor days declined 61.3 percent.

Year-to-date, visitor arrivals by air service decreased from U.S. West (-65.4% to 940,780), U.S. East (-62.8% to 531,296), Japan (-66.1% to 294,348), Canada (-54.5% to 155,915) and All Other International Markets (-68.8% to 226,665).

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Media Contacts:

Marisa Yamane
Director of Communications and Public Relations
Hawaii Tourism Authority
808-973-2272 (o)
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