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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 3:15 p.m., Friday, May 26, 2006

Tourists stayed longer, spent more in April

Advertiser Staff

Visitors to Hawai'i stayed longer and spent considerably more in April than they did the same month a year earlier, the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism reported today.

Spending rose 15 percent to $895 million as Mainland visitors continued to flock to the Islands. Domestic arrivals rose 10.7 percent in April, while international arrivals were little changed from the same month a year ago.

Average daily spending rose to $176, a 2.6 percent increase from April 2005. The average length of stay was 8.7 days, a 1.2 percent increase from the same month a year earlier.

For the first four months of the year, visitor arrivals were running 2.1 percent ahead of the same period last year. Domestic arrivals rose 3.9 percent, while arrivals from Japan fell 7 percent. Arrivals from Canada rose 10.6 percent.