August 29, 2012 at 7:23 PM HST - Updated June 28 at 12:20 AM
HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Tourism Authority says the tourism economy of the islands is on pace for a record year.
According to statistics released Wednesday, total visitor spending in July increased nearly 18% to $194 million, compared to the previous year. Last month also saw a nearly 8% growth in arrivals to about 720,000 visitors.
For the ninth consecutive month of growth, air arrivals from the U.S. West increased about 3%. Japanese arrivals increased nearly 22% but remained lower than the July 1997 record.
Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney says it's shaping up to be a record year, with the state welcoming 1,800 more visitors each day and an additional $17 per person in daily spending compared with 2011.
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