Experts predict that the declining Hawaii tourism economy will bottom out this summer and then begin to bounce back in the second half of 2009. Experts predict that Hawaii visitor counts will drop 2.3% in total for 2009 compared to the deeper hit of 10.8% in 2008. KGMB has a nice write up and video about these latest predictions.
One interesting side note from KGMB’s Brooks Baehr, the average tourist coming to Hawaii spends $180/day for hotel, food, tours, souvenirs. That’s a pretty good gauge to use to set a Hawaii vacation budget.