Summer ends strong for Hawaii tourism economy

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii's tourism economy ended the summer with double-digit increases in visitor arrivals and spending.

That's according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority's August statistics.

The authority said Thursday spending grew 14.6% last month compared to the previous year to $1.19 billion. August arrivals increased 11%.

Arrivals from the U.S. West grew almost 8% for the 10th consecutive month of growth.

Japanese arrivals increased nearly 13% last month, but remained lower than the August 1996 record. There was a 4% drop in daily spending, which resulted in a moderate, about 6% increase in total spending.

Canadian arrivals dropped 0.6% and spending decreased 1.4%.

Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney says upcoming festivals and events will help draw visitors during the slower fall travel period.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.