Visitors to Hawaii drop 5.5 per cent, spending declines 2.1 per cent in November

The Associated Press 0

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Hawaii Tourism Authority says the number of visitors coming to the islands dropped for the third straight month in November.

The agency said visitor arrivals fell 5.5 per cent from November last year to about 620,000. The declines were led by a 7.3 per cent drop in travellers from the western region of the United States, which is the state’s biggest source of travellers.

Visitor spending declined for the third straight month, falling 2.1 per cent to $1.1 billion.

Agency CEO Mike McCartney says increasingly aggressive competition, product pricing and currency exchange rates contributed to the declines.

He says consumers are becoming more price conscious and this is affecting spending.

The number of visitors from Japan remained level compared with November last year. But spending by Japanese travellers declined 6.5 per cent.

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