Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism released its Q2 2011 economic forecast May 18 and said it expected total visitor arrivals to increase 3.8% this year despite the decline in travelers from Japan, following that country’s earthquake and tsunami March 11.

“We note that visitor arrivals from rest of the world are still growing, especially visitors from Canada, and that cruise visitor counts are growing at double digits during the first three months this year,” said DBEDT Director Richard Lim.

In the report, the DBEDT predicted visitor spending would increase 10.8% year over year, revising the prediction of a 9.2% increase in its Q1 report. It also revised its projection for visitor days to 5.1% year over year, vs. its earlier forecast of a 4.1% increase.

The report said average room rates were continuing to grow across Hawaii but remain about $25 short of their all-time high in early 2008.
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