According to The Hawaiian Tourism Bureau Hawai‘i will continue to face stiff competition for U.S. travelers in 2018.
Recent data from the National Travel and Tourism Office shows that the number of American travelers to the Caribbean and Mexico reached double-digit growth in the first two quarters of 2017.
Americans visits to Mexico City were up 19% for the period. Visits to Cancun rose 10%. That does not include travel to the dozens of islands in the Caribbean, which the bureau said are dominated by Puerto Rico, Cuba and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Hawaii’s biggest problem may not be that tourists aren’t visiting now. Since many people make their trips well in advance, and the destruction from Kilauea will spread considerably, people who might have gone to Hawaii in the months, and even years, ahead will go elsewhere.
Mexico and the Caribbean not only have weather similar to Hawaii, but they are also much closer for many Americans.
Source: Hawai Newspaper