HAWAII VISITOR COUNT, SPENDING UP

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6.4 million visitors is 8.6 percent increase

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 30, 2010) – Hawaii’s tourism industry has had boosts in both visitor numbers and spending compared to 2009.

The state had 577,000 visitors in November, up 18 percent from the same month a year ago.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority also reports that total spending by visitors rose 30.4 percent, or 227 million US dollars from November 2009, to just under a billion dollars.

Arrivals through the first 11 months of the year exceeded 6.4 million, up 8.6 percent from the same period last year.

The authority says total expenditures for the first 11 months of 2010 were 10.3 billion dollars, a 16 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

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