Hawaii visitor spending drops 0.7% in July

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Visitor spending in Hawaii dropped 0.7% in July compared to the same month last year even though 4.6% more travelers visited the islands.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday visitor spending totaled $1.31 billion in July - down from $1.32 billion last July.

Each visitor spent about $185 on average each day, nearly 4% less than July last year.

Travelers from Japan led the declines as the yen continued to be weaker against the dollar. A stronger dollar and weaker yen makes travel to the U.S. more expensive for Japanese.

Japanese visitors spent 19% less in July or $198 million.

The total number of travelers from Japan also dropped for the first time in nearly two years, declining 2.9% to about 128,000.

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