A new survey finds that Hawaii honeymakers are in for a bit of a shocker, with only about one in three saying they are planning a honeymoon.
The survey by Hawaii’s largest travel company, Hawaii Travel, found that only 9.7 per cent of respondents said they would consider honeymooning on Hawaii, while the national average was 26.1 per cent.
It’s not surprising, then, that honeymoon destinations are not well-represented among honeymoon planners.
The state of Hawaii has the largest percentage of residents who have never been to Hawaii.
More than a quarter of the respondents, 28.2 per cent, said they had never been in Hawaii, compared to 14.5 per cent who had never visited the state.
According to the survey, those that have never visited Hawaii say they would prefer to visit other destinations.
“I think that the main reason people are not planning honeymoon is that they are not thinking of Hawaii,” said Hawaii Travel’s marketing director, Shannon Rocha.
“Honeymooners don’t really want to have that moment.
It’s just a different experience.
It doesn’t feel like a honeyed experience.”
However, the survey did find that some honeymooner groups are enjoying Hawaii’s hospitality.
“The honeymoon experience is definitely the highlight of the trip,” said Rochab.
“There’s a lot of fun to be had there.”
Auckland honeymoon group, New Zealand, is the only honeymoon destination that comes close to matching Hawaii’s popularity, with 18 per cent saying they plan a honeymoons on the island.
“We think New Zealand is a very special place,” said honeymoon coordinator, Sarah Saffron.
“If you look at the history of the island, there’s been many people coming from New Zealand to settle down there and establish a family.”
Saffron says her group has seen a rise in new honeymoon travelers over the past few years.
“Over the past year we’ve seen a lot more people coming back to New Zealand,” she said.
“People are coming back for their own reasons, so they don’t necessarily need to be a member of the honeymoon party.”
Some people come back for a holiday, some for their children, and some just want to see the scenery.