HONOLULU -- A year-end boost from the Honolulu Marathon helped
Hawaii's visitor totals to rise to 6.4 million last year.
That's a slight improvement -- 0.9% -- over 2001, but still
short of the peak of 7 million in 2000.
Domestic arrivals in 2002 rose 2.7% over last year, according to
preliminary figures from the state Department of Business, Economic
Development and Tourism.
More significantly, domestic tourists stayed longer and
accounted for a 2.8% increase in visitor days compared with
International arrivals and visitor days continued to fall short
as they were 2.9% and 3.6%, respectively, below 2001 levels.
Overall, visitors spent an average of 9.34 days in Hawaii last
year. Through November, visitor expenditures totaled $9.2 billion,
up 2.8% over 2001.
Beginning in February, the DBEDT will work with the marketing
arm of the Hawaii Tourism Authority to break down visitor data by
month, island and major market area to more accurately assess
marketing decisions, according to Frank Haas, HTA's director of