The growth we have been experiencing is keeping us on track for another milestone year for Hawaii’s visitor industry. While the growth is not as significant as in previous years, we are still projecting to reach new records in spending and arrivals for 2015.
While our U.S. West and Oceania markets have been doing particularly well, we remain cognizant of global economic uncertainty as we move forward. A slowing of China’s economy and fluctuations in the domestic and international stock markets, coupled with the strengthening of the U.S. dollar could impact both our domestic and international visitor arrivals and spending trends. We continue to work with our global market contractors to adjust our marketing efforts in response to these economic factors.
On Aug. 27 and 28 we will be holding our 2015 Hawaii Tourism Conference where we will be discussing these issues and looking at how we can work together to ensure the long-term sustainability of our industry. While we have reached our capacity for the conference, presentations will be available on the HTA website following the event.