Hawaii visitor arrivals up, slower growth forecast

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The number of visitors coming to Hawaii grew more than 7% during the first quarter of the year.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday nearly 10% more travelers came to Hawaii from the West Coast compared to the same three months last year. Travelers from Japan climbed more than 5%.

Agency CEO Mike McCartney says growth is likely to moderate later this year.

He says West Coast and Canadian visitors are staying in Hawaii a shorter time. He says this may indicate visitors are already spending as much as they can. He says cuts to air service from the East Coast and a weakening Japanese yen may also slow growth.

Visitors spent $3.9 billion from January through March, up 7.6% from the same quarter last year.

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