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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

New numbers show visitors to the islands are spending more while on vacation.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority says travelers spent $1.3 billion in February. That's a reported 11.5% increase from February 2016.    

The HTA said spending rose for visitors from the mainland, Japan and Canada. 

“Tourism’s success through February is already making a significant contribution to the State’s tax coffers," George D. Szigeti, President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority said. 

In the first two months, tourists have generated $344 million in tax revenue for the State. That's a 9% increase from last year. 

The HTA credits intensive marketing and promotional efforts for the positive momentum. 

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