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Oahu summer visitor numbers up thus far from last year

James Roe James Roe
Sean Daniels Sean Daniels
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WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's been a long time since the streets of Waikiki have been this packed. This this past June, Hawaii welcomed 100,000 more visitors than last June. Thursday alone, 25,000 people landed in Hawaii.

"There's a lot of different people from all over so it's good to see you know, especially with the way the recession has been, people are out trying to enjoy themselves and spend a little money maybe," said James Roe, a Canadian tourist.

5,000 Japanese tourists arrived Friday morning our business reporter Howard Dicus say it's a upward trend.

"Japanese arrivals were flat in April, then leapt in May and June, and until now tourism officials have been saying it's merely a rebound from the depressed levels of last year's swine flu scare. But the magnitude of the increase is 60% in June, making it clear something more is going on," said Dicus, Hawaii News Now business reporter.

Also adding to the crowds is Rimpac, the worlds largest maritime exercise, bringing 20,000 military personal to Hawaii for the summer.

"We got here last week, and we were one of the first ships to pull in and there weren't very many people here, but there's a lot now, they're everywhere," said US Naval Officer, Sean Daniels.

Alamo has seen a huge influx of travelers over the past two weeks. This 4th of July weekend several of Oahu's rental car business are sold out, and the payday is trickling down to the sidewalks along Kalakaua Avenue.

"Compared to last summer, it wasn't that good last year. I like it, I am looking forward to a good summer," said David Pay, a Waikiki vendor.

Hotels and businesses in Waikiki are hoping the trend continues throughout the summer. It will mean increased tax revenues and an improving economy in Hawaii.


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