HTA: More visitors spending less money in Hawaii
Year-to-year analysis shows 0.7% drop in spending, 4.6% rise un arrivals
Visitor spending in Hawaii dropped 0.7 percent in July compared to the same month last year even though 4.6 percent more travelers visited the islands.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday visitor spending totaled $1.31 billion in July - down from $1.32 billion last July.
Each visitor spent about $185 on average each day, nearly 4 percent less than July last year.
Travelers from Japan led the declines as the yen continued to be weaker against the dollar. A stronger dollar and weaker yen makes travel to the U.S. more expensive for Japanese.
Japanese visitors spent 19 percent less in July or $198 million.
The total number of travelers from Japan also dropped for the first time in nearly two years, declining 2.9 percent to about 128,000.
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