Hawaii’s tourism industry is on track to contribute nearly $300 million more to the state’s economy compared with last year, according to data from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
The data revealed that November 2014 visitor arrivals and expenditures both increased compared with November last year. November expenditures grew by 3.4 percent to $1.1 billion and arrivals rose by 2.2 percent to 637,664 visitors.
Tourists lounge on Waikiki beach on July 14, 2013.
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The Big Island, Maui and Oahu boasted higher visitor arrivals last month compared with November 2013, while the Big Island, Maui and Kauai saw more tourism expenditures. But visitor spending on Oahu declined slightly.
Between January and November 2014, visitor expenditures outpaced expenditures during the same time period last year by 2.3 percent reaching $13.3 billion, HTA data showed. Tourists from the mainland and Canada are spending more but those from Japan are spending less compared with last year.
“Maintaining the momentum and growth in visitor spending and arrivals is important for the state’s overall economy, and we will continue to work collaboratively with our industry partners and global contractors to ensure that our tourism economy continues to thrive in 2015,” said Ronald Williams, the new chief executive officer for HTA.