UH forecasts restrained uptick in Hawaii tourism

HONOLULU (AP) - Economists at the University of Hawaii are predicting a continued uptick in the state's tourism industry in the short term but restrained growth later next year.

A report released Friday by the university's Economic Research Organization said the state's overall economy has been recovering, fueled in large part by a better-than-expected performance from tourism.

It says that created a moderate number of jobs. But it cautions that other economic sectors remain weak, and jobs are still being lost in some of those areas.

The report also says that cooling growth on the mainland and in prime overseas markets will present challenges to the tourism industry next year.

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