Taipei, Taiwanese tourists have spent more in Hawaii per trip in the first quarter of 2019 than visitors from any other country except for China, according to data released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Taiwanese visitors spent an average of US$2,688 per trip to Hawaii from January to March, trailing only the US$2,836 spent on average by Chinese visitors, Andrew Koh the Hawaii Tourism Authority's representative in Taiwan, said at a press conference Monday.
The figure was higher than the US$2,336 spent by Taiwanese visitors to Hawaii in 2018, which ranked third among international visitors behind tourists from China (US$2,716) and Oceania (US$2,559).
Meanwhile, Taiwanese tourists' average length of stay in Hawaii in 2018 was 9.2 days, higher than the 7.9 days recorded in 2015 and the 8.1 days in 2017, Koh said, and he predicted the number would reach 10 days this year.
Taiwanese visitors had an average length of stay of 10.10 days in the first quarter of 2019.
Compared to several years ago when Taiwanese tourists usually visited Hawaii in tour groups, Taiwanese now tend to visit Hawaii independently, and the average age of Taiwanese visitors has fallen from 41 in 2015 to 37 in 2018, Koh said.
He expected more Taiwanese to visit Hawaii in the final eight months of the year because China Airlines will be adding a third direct flight per week connecting Taoyuan and Honolulu starting May 3.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel