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Tourist arrivals, spending up in June in Hawaii

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HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii tourism officials say visitors spent $1.3 billion in the Aloha State last year as the state saw more tourists overall and more spending from domestic travelers.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday that the state welcomed nearly 717,000 visitors in June, up 5.5% compared with the same month one year ago. Spending was up 7% compared with June 2012.

Over the first six months of the year, Hawaii has seen 1,200 more visitors per day and $2.6 million more spent per day compared with the first half of 2012.

CEO Mike McCartney of the Hawaii Tourism Authority says one key to sustaining growth will be opening more direct markets to Hawaii, especially cities in Asia.

Hawaii saw fewer visitors in June from the eastern U.S. and Japan.

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