HONOLULU (KHNL) - Our nation's sluggish economy has effected the number of total expenditures by visitors who traveled by air.
Visitor spending declined 8.7% to $7.8 billion in the first eight months of 2008 according to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.
In August, total air visitor expenditures dropped 17.6% or $207 million from the same month last year to $970 million. The decrease was caused by lower daily spending and a 17.3% decline in visitor arrivals by air.
"Hawaii's visitor industry is feeling the effects of the continued softness in the national economy," said State Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert. "The performance of Hawaii's summer season exemplifies the volatility of the visitor industry on uncontrollable outside factors."
On the positive side, Wienert says visitors from Canada continue to grow, extending the typical Canadian visitor season to our islands.