Visitor spending up, arrivals down

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Tourism Authority's monthly statistics were released on Thursday and for the month of August total visitors spending increased 2.3 percent while visitor arrivals dropped 4.2 percent.

Arrivals by air fell 4.1 percent from last August.

However arrivals from Canada rose 15.7 percent compared to August 2010, the fourteenth consecutive month of double-digit growth.

HTA President and CEO Mike McCartney says, " Despite the decline in visitor arrivals for August, total arrivals and spending for all of 2011 to date remains up over 2010 with a 14.1 percent increase in overall spending and an average daily spending level of $178. And we remain confident that the projected increases for the remainder of the year will help Hawai'i achieve our 2011 targets."

Japanese arrivals showed the smallest decrease in four months, just 2.6 percent lower compared to August 2010.

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