ALMOST SEVEN MILLION VISITORS TO HAWAII LAST YEAR

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HONOLULU (June 15, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS) ---The number of visitors arriving in the Hawaiian Islands last year increased by 2.9 percent over 1995 --to 6.8 million (6,823,130)-- but tourists and businessmen visiting from New Zealand and Australia were down significantly.

According to recently-released Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau figures, Japan remains Hawaii's biggest international market. The number of Japanese visitors last year --just over two million (2,089,760)-- represents an annual increase of 4.5 percent, and an all-time record high number.

Canada is Hawaii's second biggest tourist market. South Korea is third.

At 32,900, New Zealand visitor numbers were down 11.4 percent. Australian visitors declined 7.9 percent to 85,030.

1996 German and British visitors to Hawaii also both were down more than four percent, compared to 1995.

Tourism is Hawaii's primary industry. At any given moment, one or more out of every ten persons is a temporary visitor.

 

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