POSTED: 12:51 p.m. HST, Jul 28, 2010
Visitor arrivals and spending posted double digit increases last month as compared to the prior year, according to preliminary visitor data released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority
Visitor arrivals rose 13.6 percent to 625,522 visitors in June and spending rose 16.1 percent to $948.9 million. It was the seventh consecutive month of increases for Hawaii arrivals.
Arrivals from Japan rose a staggering 47.8 percent from June of 2009, which was hampered by H1N1. However, they also rose in all other major markets, including: a 10.1 percent increase in visitor traffic from the U.S. East, a 7.8 percent increase from Canada and 7.3 percent from the U.S. West.
All islands experienced heavier visitor traffic and spending. Arrivals to Oahu increased 18.3 percent , followed by 8.9 percent to the Big Island, 5.9 percent to Maui and 5.8 percent to Kauai. Spending grew 21.1 percent on Oahu, 12.4 percent on Maui, 12.5 percent on the Big Island and 11.6 percent on Kauai.