State sees slump in visitor spending for month of January

According to preliminary statistics released recently by the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, total visitor expenditures statewide for January 2007 were $1 billion, a decline of 1.4 percent when compared to January 2006. However, average daily spending rose to $177 per person per day compared to $169 last year, an increase of 4.8 percent. Spending per person per trip increased 4.6 percent.

Total arrivals declined 5.7 percent to 561, 691 visitors. Among the top four visitor markets, visitors from the U.S. West (+1.4 percent) and Canada (+4.5 percent) increased but arrivals from the U.S. East (-9 percent) and Japan (-12.3 percent) were lower than in January 2006. The decline in arrivals from the domestic and international markets resulted in a 6 percent decline in visitor days.

Of the total number of visitors who came in January this year, 45,024 visitors either flew to the state to board cruise ships or came by cruise ship, visiting Hawai‘i, a 1.1 percent increase from January 2006. Cruise visitor days for the month rose 24.6 percent. For more information, visit the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism Web site at www.hawaii.gov/dbedt

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