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Published on : Friday, November 1, 2013
HTA CEO Mike McCartney said, “Total visitor expenditures reached $11 billion (+4%) and total visitor arrivals surpassed 6 million (+4.5%) during the first three quarters of the year and continue to pace ahead of 2012, despite the dip in arrivals and spending in the month of September. Year-to-date through September 2013, Hawaii’s tourism economy has contributed $1.15 billion in state tax revenue, $45 million more than same time last year.
Maui maintained a steady growth in expenditures (+5.2% to $2.7 billion) and in visitor arrivals (+3.6% to 1,800,186) year-to-date. This positive momentum can be partially attributed to an increase in total air seats directly to Kahului (+5.4% to 1,403,892) as well as a large influx of visitors from Japan (+19.7% to 62,604).”
Moreover, in spite of a decline in total Japanese outbound travel, arrivals to Hawaii out of this market have remained steady due to an increase in seat inventory and new routes from Japan to the Hawaiian Islands.