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HAWAII TOURISM APPROACHING BOOM YEARS…

Posted on 16 August 2010

Hawaii could be back to 7 million visitors by the end of next year, and the next few months aren’t looking too bad, either. Carl Bonham, director of the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, said “We’re beyond where anybody expected us to be at this time, and there is still reason for optimism going on into the fall,” Bonham said, adding that he expects Hawaii will finish this year 6% ahead of last year in arrivals and that there will be greater growth in visitor spending. By the end of 2011, Bonham anticipates Hawaii arrivals to return to numbers not seen since 2005, 2006 and 2007. Arrivals broke the 7-million benchmark in 2005 when they soared to 7.5 million.

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