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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM 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.