Uptick in April visitor numbers on Hawaii

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HONOLULU -- Hawaii's visitor days rose 15% in April compared with the same month a year earlier, according to the state Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

The upswing resulted from an increase in domestic visitor arrivals -- in contrast to sagging international arrivals -- and a longer average stay.

The number of visitors arriving on domestic flights rose 12.2% compared with previous-year levels, while international arrivals were 26.6% below April 2002.

The most dramatic increase occurred on Molokai, where visitor arrivals jumped 59.4%.

Only Oahu saw a decline, with visitor arrivals dropping 10.3% compared with the previous April.

Cruise ships also enjoyed a boost. Some 11 cruise ships toured the Islands in April, carrying 32,647 people -- 62.6% more than last year.

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