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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 1:40 p.m., Thursday, September 28, 2006

Hawaii visitor arrivals down 1.2% in August

Lynda Arakawa
Advertiser Staff Writer

Visitor arrivals last month fell 1.2 percent year-over-year while spending grew 3.5 percent to nearly $1.1 billion, according to a report released today by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Mainland arrivals grew 0.7 percent to set an August record of 512,631 visitors. But that was offset by a 6.2 percent drop in the number of international visitors. Japanese visitor arrivals fell 5.7 percent.

"The domestic market continues to be the foundation for the visitor industry's success," said state Tourism Liaison Marsha Wienert. "We are very pleased with the continued growth in visitor spending and tourism's impact on the state's economy."