The September 11th attack
Bank economist optimistic about rebound
A Bank of Hawaii report finds cause for optimism concerning the state's ability to rebound from the tourism slump caused by the Sept. 11 terrorism.
Bank of Hawaii report:
He said the September 2001 numbers are "remarkable," given the fact that for three days there were virtually no flights to Hawai'i.
Brewbaker noted that passenger arrivals on the Neighbor Islands fell only 4 percent from the previous September. He said air travel to the Neighbor Islands appear to be returning to levels similar to a year ago the state's strongest tourism year ever.
Before Sept. 11, U.S. airlines had been aggressively adding nonstop flights to the Neighbor Islands, he said. On Kaua'i, Maui and the Big Island scheduled seats increased 35 percent between January and August.
International passenger arrivals fell 40.5 percent in September from a year ago, but daily international arrivals during the first week of October were down 30 percent to 40 percent from the prior year, he said.
Statewide, domestic arrivals fell 20.5 percent in September, virtually identical to the 20 percent decline experienced in February 1991 during the Gulf War, Brewbaker said.