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Tourism growth expected to slow

By Audrey McAvoy

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:25 a.m. HST, Aug 22, 2013

State tourism officials say the industry should continue to grow next year but at a slower pace.

Hawaii Tourism Authority Vice President David Uchiyama said today he expects 8.75 million visitors will come to Hawaii in 2014.

That's about 3 percent more than the 8.48 million visitors projected to arrive this year.

But it's less than the 5 percent increase in visitors the industry is expected to get this year. It's also significantly less than 2012's 10 percent climb in visitor arrivals.

Uchiyama says average daily spending should rise 2.6 percent to more than $200 a person in 2014. But he says prices are starting to hit the upward limits of what leisure travelers are willing to spend.

Uchiyama spoke at the tourism authority's 2013 Tourism Conference in Honolulu.

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alohacharlie wrote:
"prices are starting to hit the upper limit of what tourists are willing to pay..." Most hotel prices here in Hawaii long ago passed the upper limit of what most tourists are willing to pay according to the folks here on the mainland that I try to encourage to come to Hawaii. I believe the hotel bean counters will just keep raising prices as long as their profit margins continue to rise and will only stop raising prices when those profit margins start falling due to lower number of tourists coming to Hawaii.
on August 22,2013 | 12:22PM
HD36 wrote:
Why do we pay beaurocrats like Uchiyami to tell us tourism might not be as strong as predicted? A 7th grader could make the same prediction and be right half the time. Tourism will not be anywhere close to what is was in 2013, I can gaurantee it. This September, the Fed will either taper QE or not. Inflation is going to jump even higher, or the economy is going to implode because the bond market will collapse. Take your pick.
on August 22,2013 | 03:29PM
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