Read the latest data along with our best recommendations to get the most out of your 2018 Hawaiian vacation. Hawaii tourism is about to announce 2017 year-end numbers. What we’ll find is that all previous records have just been broken. If you’ve been in Hawaii over the holidays, you’ve seen unprecedented visitors throughout the state.
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The last month for which we currently have data is November, 2017, when 748k visitors spent $1.3 billion. Hawaii tourism officials said:
“Strong travel demand from North America, Asia and Oceania translated into an excellent month for the state’s tourism industry in November. Air seat capacity rose five percent, the largest monthly increase thus far in 2017, and visitor arrivals grew 7.3 percent, which, except for April at 7.5 percent, was also the highest rate of growth for the year.”
By region, US west coast visitors spent $501 million, east coast visitors let go of $266 million, and Canadian visitors deposited $96 million. All of the islands experienced significant visitor spending and arrivals increases in November compared with the prior year.
“With December being historically a peak month for travel to Hawaii, the state’s tourism industry is poised to surpass all annual records for visitor spending, generated state tax revenue and visitor arrivals when the year-end statistics for 2017 are issued the end of January.” — HTA
What you need to know when traveling off-peak seasons (winter, spring, and late summer through fall).
1. You can anticipate the best possible Hawaii vacation experience.
2. Spring and fall often have the best Hawaii weather.
3. There are fewer visitors to contend with.
4. Costs during off-peak and peak-shoulder seasons will be lower across the board.
5. Availability will be greater for airfare, accommodations and car rentals.
6. There will not be the long lines we have been experiencing during peak periods.
7. You’ll find more flexibility for last minute planning.
What you need to know when traveling during peak seasons (spring break, from mid-June to mid-August, Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year holidays).
When traveling at peak seasons, use the shoulder periods. So, for example, come in mid-August, rather than June. At holidays, travel on the holiday days themselves (Dec 24/25/31 and Jan 1).
1. Book airfare as early as possible.
2. Reserve accommodations up to a year in advance, since the best choices will be sold out very early.
3. Get a rental car reservation as soon as you know your travel dates. Otherwise those too will either become extremely expensive or be sold out.