Kauai’s guests spending more

LIHUE — The number of visitors coming to Hawaii rose 3.4 percent in April compared to the same month a year earlier. But the Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday tourist spending dropped more than 1 percent to $1.1 billion during the month.

The agency says travelers from Japan and other international markets increased but visitors declined from the Mainland and Canada.

Kauai saw 92,530 visitors in April, nearly the same as the 92,524 who came to in April 2015.

For the year, through April, Kauai has had 372,911 visitors, down 1.2 percent from the first four months of last year.

Kauai’s total visitor expenditures were $123.8 million in April, an increase of 6.2 percent over the same month last year.

Per day spending by visitors on Kauai rose 5.6 percent to $183.4. up from $173.6.

On average, visitors are staying eight days so far this year on Kauai.

Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO George Szigeti says the state is ahead of last year’s record-setting pace for both visitor arrivals and spending. He says this reflects Hawaii’s enduring appeal to travelers worldwide.

Oahu and Maui had more visitors during the month but less spending. The Big Island had more visitors and spending.

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