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More visitors in September, but they spent less

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WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii welcomed a record 652,616 visitors in September, up 4.7% from last year. But their total spending actually fell 1.2% to $1.1 billion.

Visitors from Japan, Canada and U.S. East spent less per day on average, compared to the same month last year, offsetting an increase in spending by visitors from U.S. West. Japanese spending had been especially high last year because of the Arashi Blast Concert in Kapolei.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority broke spending down by operating county: Oahu down 4.7% to $560 million, Big Island down 6.2% to $119 million, Maui Co. up 5.7% to $279 million, Kauai up 8.6% to $101 million. Significantly, most visitors to Maui and Kauai are from U.S. West.

Oahu is most affected by changes in Japanese travel patterns. This year, the number of Japanese staying in hotels while visiting Hawaii is down 9.1% to 110,912 while the number staying in condos is up 89.3% to 20,048.

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