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Hawaii’s Visitor Statistics Results for the First Three Quarters of 2017

October 30, 2017 Destination Hawaii No Comments Email Email
George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement regarding Hawaii’s visitor statistics results for the first three quarters of 2017.

“The hard work by Hawaii’s tourism industry professionals has produced strong results in the first three quarters of this year and continues to contribute significantly to the health of the State’s economy. Spending from visitors has increased by 7.1 percent to more than $12.5 billion, which generated $1.47 billion in tax revenue for the State, a gain of $96.5 million over last year’s pace.
“The growth in visitor spending is broad-based with double-digit increases reported for Hawaii’s four major source markets, U.S. West, U.S. East, Japan and Canada. Accordingly, the economies of our four island counties are continuing to benefit, led by the island of Hawaii with a gain of 16.4 percent in visitor spending that is a direct result of the additional air access introduced this year.
“September featured key events important to Hawaii’s tourism future. Japan Airlines relaunched daily flights between Tokyo and Kona for the first time in seven years. The Global Tourism Summit brought together industry partners from Hawaii and around the world to develop new business opportunities.
“The L.A. Clippers came to Honolulu for training camp and two pre-season games as part of our sports marketing strategy for Hawaii. The Clippers generated excitement among the team’s global fan base and widespread attention in our single largest market, southern California. To me, the biggest highlight of all was seeing the Clippers Foundation giving back to our community by donating a new computer lab to the students of Stevenson Middle School in Honolulu. A former storage room was completely refurbished, air conditioned and installed with 30 state-of-the-art desktop computers.
“Hawaii tourism’s ongoing success is a credit to the aloha spirit, goodwill and professionalism that our industry partners extend to visitors who come from around the world to experience a place and culture unmatched anywhere else. Mahalo to all of tourism’s stakeholders for the continued support of our State’s leading industry.”

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