Hawaii arrivals down in Jan.

HONOLULU -- Visitor arrivals to Hawaii took a dive in January, compared with the same month of the year before, and one state official who tracks the numbers blamed Y2K fears.

Total visitor arrivals to Hawaii in January were 516,344, down about 20,000 from January 1999, a 3.7% decrease.

"Due to concerns over potential Y2K problems, some travelers avoided flying to Hawaii in January," according to state Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism director Seiji Naya.

Visitors to Hawaii from the U.S. totaled 312,574 in January -- a 2.3% decrease compared with the same month of the previous year, the department said.

International visitor numbers were down by 5.7% from the previous January. Hawaii hosted 203,770 international visitors in January 2000 compared with 216,020 in January 1999.

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