September 28, 2012 at 1:06 AM HST - Updated June 28 at 3:10 AM
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.
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