April was record-breaking month for Hawaii tourism

HONOLULU (AP) - Last month was record-breaking for Hawaii's tourism economy.

That's according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, which released data Thursday showing visitor spending and arrivals surpassed record years for April, reaching $1.17 billion and nearly 650,000 visitors.

Tourism officials say it's the highest total expenditures on record for April, a typically slower month.

Contributing to the robust month were increases in airlift to Hawaii and a 10.4% increase in daily spending to 194 per person.

Japanese arrivals increased 36.2% to more than 86,600 visitors, but that's still well below the April 1997 record of 157,600. Spending by Japanese visitors surged 45.8% to $154 million.

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