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    Beachgoers enjoy the sand and ocean at Waikiki Beach on Monday.

Hawaii’s tourism market is pretty much certain to break another record for visitor arrivals and spending this year, as industry data for November released today continued a string of growth that has now stretched to nine consecutive months.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority reported that the number of visitors to Hawaii rose 3.7 percent last month to a record 661,352 over the same month last year. And visitor spending rose 2.5 percent to $1.1 billion in the same period.

The results pretty much ensure that 2015 will be a fourth consecutive year of record-breaking growth for Hawaii’s main economic engine.

“What an amazing achievement for our visitor industry, especially for a mature travel destination like Hawaii coming off three consecutive record-setting years,” George Szigeti, HTA president and CEO, said in a statement.

For the first 11 months of the year, 7.86 million tourists have visited Hawaii, up 4.2 percent from the same period last year. Visitor expenditures rose 2.2 percent to $13.6 billion for the same period.

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