Hawaii tourism breaks visitor record in 2013

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Tourism Authority says 2013 was another record year for visitors.

The authority's CEO Mike McCartney says last year's $14.5 billion in visitor expenditures contributed $1.5 billion in state tax revenues. That's $30 million more - or an increase of 2 percent - than the record set in 2012.

More than 8.2 million visitors traveled to Hawaii last year. That's 2.6 percent more than the fewer than 8.1 million visitors in 2012.

McCartney says the HTA is pleased to surpass 2012 figures. But he adds the state fell short of 2013 goals, with currency exchange rate fluctuations and other factors leading to a leveling off in the second half of the year.

McCartney says the downward trend is expected to continue into the first half of this year.

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