Hawaii visitor arrivals, spending up in June

 UPDATED 11:51 AM HST Jul 25, 2013
HONOLULU -

Hawaii tourism officials say visitors spent $1.3 billion in the Aloha State in June as the state saw more tourists overall and more spending from domestic travelers.
    
The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday that the state welcomed nearly 717,000 visitors in June, up 5.5 percent compared with the same month one year ago. Spending was up 7 percent compared with June 2012.
    
Over the first six months of the year, Hawaii has seen 1,200 more visitors per day and $2.6 million more spent per day compared with the first half of 2012.
    
CEO Mike McCartney of the Hawaii Tourism Authority says one key to sustaining growth will be opening more direct markets to Hawaii, especially cities in Asia.
    
Hawaii saw fewer visitors in June from the eastern U.S. and lower spending from Japan.

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