Hawaii hosted more visitors in July than ever before, and they spent a record $1.4 billion, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Since January, visitors have spent $9 billion in the Aloha State, a 3.6 percent increase from last year. Meanwhile, visitor arrivals have gone up 4.2 percent.

tourists at Kilauea

Visitors at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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There was an increase in tourists from the mainland and Canada, who also spent more on their vacations. However, there were fewer visitors from Japan, who spent about 10 percent less than they did last year.

“The growth we have been experiencing is keeping us on track for another milestone year for Hawaii’s visitor industry,” said George Szigeti, the president of the HTA.While the growth is not as significant as in previous years, we are still projecting to reach new records in spending and arrivals for 2015.”

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