Hawaii Tourism Authority: Visitor arrivals climb in June

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Tourism Authority reports the state hosted 13.6 percent more visitors in June than it did in the same month last year. Arrivals rose for the seventh consecutive month to 625,522 visitors.

The increase coupled with higher average daily visitor spending led to a 16 percent jump in total expenditures last month to $131.7 million. For the first half of 2010, total expenditures climbed to $5.3 billion, a 7.8 percent increase compare with the first half of 2009.

Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney said Wednesday that the numbers show the agency's efforts to drive demand and boost arrivals in the short-term have been successful.

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