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HTA raises 2013 projections for visitor arrivals, spending

By Allison Schaefers

LAST UPDATED: 12:30 p.m. HST, Mar 06, 2013

 20120726-6753 BSN TOURISTS There was a record number of tourists that arrived in June and spent a record amount.  Total visitor spending in June rose by 20.4 percent to a record $1.2 billion, according to statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).  The $207 million gain helped push spending during the first six months of the year to $7.1 billion, an increase of 21.4 percent.  Waikiki was crowded with visitors.  This is a group of Japanese tourists, a few really excited, entering the Sheraton Waikiki to check in.  PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA.  JULY 26, 2012.

Hawaii Tourism Authority announced today that it has bolstered its industry projections for this year and now expects a record 8.5 million visitors will come and spend $15.8 billion. 

The revisions, which were revealed during a spring marketing update, are more than 4 percent higher than the earlier arrivals projection of 8.17 million visitors and 6.18 percent higher than the previous $14.88 billion spending forecast. 

Just under 8 million visitors came to the state in 2012, topping the previous high of 7.6 million in 2006, HTA said Total visitors in 2012 were up 9.6 percent from 7.3 million in 2011. Visitor spending for the year hit $14.3 billion, surpassing the previous full-year record of $12.8 billion in 2007.

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