Tourism helps Kauai grow
The economic recovery on Kauai is being driven by tourism and its contribution is projected to strengthen in 2014. A professor of business economics at the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and economic adviser to First Hawaiian Bank presented the bank’s Kauai County Economic Forecast Report last week.
The island is the most dependent on the visitor industry for its economic well-being, primarily mainland visitors. In 2012, 51 percent of visitor arrivals were from the U.S. West market.
Airlift capacity is key to the tourism market, and the island has benefited from Alaska Airlines’ addition of nonstop flights from Portland, Ore., and San Diego, and Hawaiian Airlines has plans to add service from Oakland in 2014.