By AUDREY McAVOY
HONOLULU (AP) - State tourism officials say Hawaii has about four times as many vacation rentals for travelers than previously believed.
Hawaii Tourism Authority Vice President David Uchiyama told industry representatives a new study indicates there are about 26,500 houses and condos being rented on a short-term basis around the state. That compares to about 6,900 the agency was aware of previously.
The figures come from a new agency study.
The agency is still finalizing the numbers and isn't ready to release the report to the public. But Uchiyama shared the figures at a conference for industry professionals in Honolulu this week.
Uchiyama says there's a lot of growth happening in the area and it's something the industry needs to be aware of.