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Hawaii visitor arrivals jump for eighth straight month

Visitor expenditures in July surged 23.3 percent

By Allison Schaefers

LAST UPDATED: 1:34 p.m. HST, Aug 31, 2010

July is typically Hawaii's peak month for tourism, but it's not every July that visitor arrivals and spending from every major market post increases across all islands.  

Visitor arrivals to Hawaii increased for the eighth consecutive month in July. A total of 680,743 visitors, up 9 percent from the prior year, flocked to the isles last month, according to data released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The growth in visitor arrivals was led by the U.S. East, which saw its numbers go up by 12.3 percent. Canadian visitor arrivals increased 10.7 percent, Japan arrivals increased by 8 percent and arrivals from the U.S. West rose by 3.4 percent. 

Strong arrivals growth helped push total visitor expenditures up 23.3 percent to $1.1 billion. Per-person-per-day spending rose 10.6 percent to $168.30. 

Canadians led the increase in total visitor spending with a 25.7 percent rise. Total spending by U.S. East visitors climbed by 24.9 percent, while spending from U.S. West visitors increased by 18.3 percent and spending from Japan visitors grew by 12.1 percent. 

July's results helped boost year-to-date visitor statistics. During the first seven months of the year, Hawaii's visitor arrivals grew 6.2 percent to 4.07 million and spending rose by 10.2 percent to $6.4 billion. 

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