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Spending soars, but Hawaii arrivals lag behind 2019 level

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM / MARCH 6
                                While DBEDT Director Mike McCartney said Hawaii is on pace for a full recovery in 2025, Eric Takahata, managing director for Hawaii Tourism Japan and Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Japan marketing contractor, said that forecast was “ambitious” with an unfavorable exchange rate and high fuel charges. Tourists enjoy Waikiki Beach.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM / MARCH 6

    While DBEDT Director Mike McCartney said Hawaii is on pace for a full recovery in 2025, Eric Takahata, managing director for Hawaii Tourism Japan and Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Japan marketing contractor, said that forecast was “ambitious” with an unfavorable exchange rate and high fuel charges. Tourists enjoy Waikiki Beach.

Visitor spending in Hawaii is soaring, though arrivals have continued to lag behind pre-pandemic counts and could see further slowdowns given the possibility of a U.S. recession and ongoing global economic challenges. Read more

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