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Visitors to Hawaii drop for first time in 2 years

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By AUDREY McAVOY
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The number of visitors to Hawaii fell in September for the first time in two years amid a fall in travelers from the western U.S.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday about 595,000 travelers visited Hawaii in September, down 1 percent from the same month last year. Spending sank nearly 5 percent to $1 billion.

Visitor arrivals last fell in August 2011, when they declined 4.2 percent.

The tourism authority has been warning of a slowdown.

Vice President David Uchiyama told industry representatives in August the industry would continue to grow but at a slower pace as airlines cut seats and flights serving Hawaii from the U.S. mainland.

For the first nine months of the year, arrivals are up 4.5 percent while spending is 4 percent higher.

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