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Hawaii tourism expected to expand more slowly

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By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii tourism officials say the industry should continue to grow next year but at a slower pace.

Hawaii Tourism Authority Vice President David Uchiyama said Thursday he expects 8.75 million visitors will come to Hawaii in 2014.

That's about 3% more than the 8.48 million visitors projected to arrive this year.

But it's less than the 5% increase in visitors the industry is expected to get this year. It's also significantly less than 2012's 10% climb in visitor arrivals.

Uchiyama says average daily spending should rise 2.6% to more than $200 a person in 2014. But he says prices are starting to hit the upward limits of what leisure travelers are willing to spend.

Uchiyama spoke at the tourism authority's 2013 Tourism Conference in Honolulu.

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