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Hawaii visitor spending in July grew 5.2 percent…

Posted on 29 August 2011

Visitor spending in Hawaii grew 5.2 percent to $1.1 billion last month despite a 1.9 drop in visitor arrivals, according to Hawaii Tourism Authority statistics released Wednesday.


Contributing to the increase was higher daily per person spending of $177, up from $164 a year ago, the HTA said. Other July tourism highlights include arrivals from Canada jumping 28.6 percent — the 13th straight month of double-digit growth — and Japanese visitor spending rising 5.3 percent even though Japanese arrivals declined 9.2 percent from the previous year. Arrivals from the West Coast declined for a second month.


Visitor arrivals to Kauai grew by 2.4 percent, while arrivals to Oahu and the Big Island declined by 3.7 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively. Arrivals to Maui were about the same as last July.


Spending on Oahu, Maui and Kauai increased last month, while spending on the Big Island declined by 14.3 percent, attributed to lower average daily spending because of a decrease in arrivals from Japan.


Total visitor spending across the state for the first seven months of the year increased 16.1 percent, compared to the same period last year, to $7.2 billion.


Hawaii’s tourism economy continues to fare well despite global economic uncertainty, HTA President and CEO Mike McCartney said.


“We anticipate continued growth through the fourth quarter and into 2012 with the continuation of China Eastern Airlines’ direct service from Shanghai and additional airlift and up-gauging of aircraft from Korea and Japan, Australia’s Strategic Airlines launching of service from Brisbane and Melbourne,” he said. “With continued interest in new routes to Hawaii, the HTA is working with airlines to maintain and grow airlift to our islands to meet demand.”

Source: Yahoo

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