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Hawaii visitor arrivals hits record high in August

By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The number of people flying to the Hawaiian islands reached a new record in August.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority says the number of air arrivals grew nearly 3 percent in August, to more than 755,800 visitors.

The growth was led by visitors from the U.S., Canada and elsewhere. The number of visitors from Japan remains relatively flat.

The Aloha state's tourism industry is exceeding 2014 records in both spending and arrivals. Arrivals were up 4 percent so far this year.

Spending rose 3 percent to $10.3 billion in the first eight months of the year. That contributed $1.1 billion in state tax revenue.

Even so, total visitor spending was relatively flat in August at $1.3 billion.

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