Report: Visitors from mainland staying longer

HONOLULU -- Visitors from the mainland U.S. are staying longer in Hawaii, according to the latest report from the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

In September, mainland visitors stayed an average of 11.33 days in Hawaii, up from 10.02 for September 2001.

A total of 462,139 visitors stayed a cumulative 4.4 million days in September, slightly behind the all-time high of 4.5 million visitor days for the month of September, recorded in 1997.

"The record level of domestic visitor days leading to the second-highest September for total visitor days makes it clear that we are beyond Sept. 11 and are seeing solid growth in our domestic market and overall improvement in tourism," according to Seiji Naya, director of the DBEDT.

On another positive note for the state, domestic arrivals rose 22.5% from previous-year levels. However, total visitor arrivals remained down 4.8% year-to-date, and total visitor days were down 2%.

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