Arrivals, spending slip from Hawaii’s largest source market in Aug.

The Aloha State welcomed fewer travelers from U.S. states west of the Rockies in August, seeing arrivals from its largest source market decline for the first time in 20 months.

Total visitors from the U.S. West slipped 1.3% year over year during the month, and daily spending from the market dipped 1.1%, to $151 per person, across Hawaii, according to preliminary statistics released Sept. 27 by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA).

While overall visitor expenditures from the U.S. West dropped 1.7%, to $412.7 million, in August, spending by those traveling to Hawaii from U.S. states east of the Rockies jumped nearly 9%, to $308 million. And arrivals from the U.S. East improved 2.4% over the same month in 2012.

Strong August international figures contributed to an overall arrivals increase of 2.5% to the Aloha State, while total spending remained essentially unchanged from the same month last year, inching up to a little more than $1.2 billion.

“We anticipate seeing a slowing in arrivals and expenditures as we enter the fall shoulder season,” Mike McCartney, HTA president and CEO, said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor the fluctuating fuel costs, strengthening of the dollar against international currencies and other economic conditions, which have been impacting visitor length of stay.”
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