HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For the third consecutive year, Hawaii's tourism has reached record highs in visitor spending and arrivals, according to recent statistics from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
Visitor expenditures to the state was $14.75 billion with nearly 8,300,000 visitors to the islands in 2014, HTA said. Visitor arrivals from North America picked up during the second half of the year. With oil prices dropping, airlines are improving their operational costs, which is also expected to boost arrivals during the first half of 2015.
The Japan market slowed – with lower visitor arrivals, spending and shorter length of stay – primarily because of the country's unstable economy and weakening yen.
The state saw an increase from smaller international markets, including the Oceania region, Europe and other parts of Asia.