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Posted: Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 10:49 AM HST

Hawaii spending by visitors drops 3.5 percent

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The Hawaii Tourism Authority says spending by visitors in Hawaii fell by 3.5 percent in March compared with the same month one year ago to $1.2 billion.

The number of travelers to Hawaii also dropped, sinking 5.2 percent to fewer than 729,000 visitors.

CEO Mike McCartney says the state tourism agency has been anticipating slower growth following two record-breaking years for the industry. McCartney says the outlook for the summer is strong, but the fall season should be challenging because of increased competition, a strengthening U.S. dollar and a hike in Japan's consumption tax.

Travelers from the state's biggest market the western region of the U.S. led the declines in March.

There were 9.2 percent fewer visitors to Hawaii from the area, and they spent 14 percent less money while here.

About 2 percent more Japanese visitors, who make up the state's biggest international market, came to Hawaii. Spending by travelers from Japan declined 0.6 percent.



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