Spending reached $10.3 billion for the first eight months of 2015 and contributed $1.1 billion in state tax revenue.
In addition to pacing at record-breaking levels, air seats to the Hawaiian Islands are at an all-time high, boosting arrivals from most of our markets. And while we are pleased with this continued growth for the lead economic driver for the state, we are monitoring various conditions that could impact our industry. Fuel prices have been dropping, the international stock market continues to be in-flux, and economic conditions in both Europe and Asia have been unstable. All of these factors could have a potential impact on spending and arrivals to the state.
Maintaining the level of growth we have been experiencing over the last few years will be a challenge. However, we will continue to work with our global partners to ensure Hawaii remains top-of-mind as both a leisure and business destination through creative and innovative strategies.