Visitor spending in August hits $1.1 billion

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Tourism Authority reports visitors who came to the islands in August spent $1.1 billion, a 30 percent jump over August of last year. The state agency on Thursday attributed the increase, in part, to an 11.8 percent increase in visitor arrivals to 680,496.

It says all top four visitor markets reported increased arrivals compared to August 2009. The Canada market led with a 24.7% increase, followed by US West at 13.6%, US East at 8.8% and Japan at 1.9%.

The agency says August marked the ninth consecutive month that arrivals by air increased in Hawaii. Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney says he anticipates continued growth in arrivals and spending this fall.

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