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Hawaii tourists spend $1.1B in April, up slightly


HONOLULU (AP) - Tourism officials say Hawaii visitors spent $1.1 billion in the state in April, up 1.8 percent from the same month last year.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday that the slight growth in total spending came from more visitors overall, nearly 667,000 for the month.

The agency says visitor spending is up 6.3 percent to $5 billion for the first four months of 2013, with 2.8 million tourists visiting the state so far this year.

Travelers from western U.S. states are still coming, but officials say tourists from the region are spending slightly less each day and taking slightly shorter trips than last year.

The authority says the state saw more than 100,000 Japanese visitors in April, up 6.5 percent. But Japanese tourists spent 12.5 percent less per day.

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