Our Kauai newspaper reported today that tourism is down sharply. August visitor arrivals in August dropped 25% compared to August 2007. Similar figures were seen on the other islands with August declines of 18% for Oahu, 23% for the Big Island, and 21% for Maui. The bright spot was Canadian tourist arrivals which was up 8.5 partially offsetting U.S. West Coast declines which is the largest on record.
The article said the decline was due to departure of 2 of 3 NCL cruise ships, rising fuel prices, the economic crisis and declining consumer confidence. The full article from The Garden Island newspaper can be read HERE.
Tourism is Hawaii's mainstay and we hope the downturn is short-lived. Clearly now is the ideal time for tourists to come visit. We hope to see you island-side soon.