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Key tourism market, spending shrink

The number of visitors from the U.S. West dips, but industry leaders remain optimistic

By Allison Schaefers

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 27, 2013

~~<p>Arrivals from Hawaii's largest visitor market contracted in August after 20 straight months of increases &mdash; and spending declined as well &mdash; but state tourism officials stopped short of saying the drop-off in the U.S. West signified a trend.</p>
<p>There were 1.3 percent fewer travelers from that core area who visited Hawaii last month, and the 301,323 visitors spent only $412.7 million, a 1.7 percent drop from August 2012, according to statistics released Thursday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.</p>
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Arrivals from Hawaii's largest visitor market contracted in August after 20 straight months of increases — and spending declined as well — but state tourism officials stopped short of saying the drop-off in the U.S. West signified a trend.

There were 1.3 percent fewer travelers from that core area who visited Hawaii last month, and the 301,323 visitors spent only $412.7 million, a 1.7 percent drop from August 2012, according to statistics released Thursday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Login for more...



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