HAWAII ARRIVALS UP IN SEPTEMBER

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WAILUKU, Maui (The Maui News, Oct. 28) – There were 155,040 visitors to Maui in September, a 7.6 percent increase over the same month last year in what is traditionally the slowest month for tourism.

A total of 520,602 visitors arrived in Hawaii in September, 9.6 percent more than the 474,981 who arrived in the same month in 2003.

All main islands showed large gains in headcounts from September 2003.

Oahu welcomed 352,572 visitors, up 10.8 percent. Kauai had 78,727, up 8.8 percent. Hawaii had 91,357, up 10.5 percent.

Molokai, however, was down 11.2 percent to 5,011; and Lanai was down 7.9 percent to 5,119.

According to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, international arrivals rose 5.4 percent last month to 170,276. Although the number of visitors from Japan was relatively unchanged from September 2003, the number of visitor from Canada jumped 20.5 percent to 8,736.

Added all together, visitor-days spent in the islands were up 7.2 percent to 4.46 million. For the first three quarters, the total of visitor-days was 47.38 million, a gain of over 2 million

"To meet the strong travel demand from the U.S. domestic market, especially from the U.S. East, there hs been an increase in air seat capacity to the islands," said state Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert in a news release. "Year-to-date statistics show a 5.9 percent growth in scheduled air seats from the U.S. West and a 36.5 percent jump in scheduled air seats from nonstop direct flights from the U.S. East."

Visitor spending also increased 9.6 percent in September to $783.3 million, compared to September 2003.

November 1, 2004

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