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2014 continues to pace ahead of record-breaking 2013

August 30, 2014 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email

Last month was the highest July on record for our state in both visitor spending (+2.6% to $1.35 billion) and arrivals (+2.5% to 772,106). Year-to-date, we continue to pace ahead of the record-breaking year for our tourism economy in 2013, with nearly $212 million more in visitor expenditures and $23 million in additional tax revenue to the state in comparison to the same period last year.

While we initially projected a slight decline in air seats from North America, we have seen a slight growth with Delta Air Lines adding additional flights and Hawaiian Airlines redeploying aircrafts that were previously used for international routes. Our focus will be to ensure there is sufficient demand to sustain this increase in seats from our core U.S. market.

We continue to monitor travel trends for the state, including adjustments in visitor spending and length of stay to accommodate vacation costs and budgets. With visitor expenditures up on the neighbor islands, with an exception to Lanai, we are pleased that our collective efforts to increase visitor distribution across the state continue to result in increased dollars and other economic benefits to the neighbor islands.

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