The state of Hawaii accounted for $347 million in spending, or nearly 2% of the cruise industry’s total U.S. direct expenditures, for 2010, according to a CLIA study released July 26.

Last year, approximately 479,000 passengers and crew members visited Hawaii destinations — a drop of about 7% from 2009 — generating 6,591 jobs and $216 million in income for state residents.

$263 million, or 76% of the direct expenditures in Hawaii, went to tourism-related industries such as tour operators, hotels and airlines.

According to the CLIA report, the cruise industry generated a total of $18 billion in spending by passengers and cruise lines on U.S. goods and services during 2010.
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