Hawaii visitors spend $1.1 billion in April

Published On: May 30 2013 12:43:08 PM HST

Tourism officials say Hawaii visitors spent $1.1 billion in the state in April, up 1.8 percent from the same month last year.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday that the slight growth in total spending came from more visitors overall, nearly 667,000 for the month.

The agency says visitor spending is up 6.3 percent to $5 billion for the first four months of 2013, with 2.8 million tourists visiting the state so far this year.

Travelers from western U.S. states are still coming, but officials say tourists from the region are spending slightly less each day and taking slightly shorter trips than last year.

"We will continue to see reductions in the average length of stay and per person per day spending as visitors exercise caution in reaching their budgeted spending limits. We anticipate this trend to continue through May and the first half of June, until we head into the summer travel season," said Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO Mike McCartney.  "We are also cognizant of airlines adjusting their routes to meet demand, resulting in reduced service to the Hawaiian Islands during the second half of the year."

McCartney says the leveling off experienced in April was due to numerous factors, including currency exchange rates and travel costs, as well as competition from other destinations.

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