Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism released its first quarterly economic report for 2011 on Feb. 17, calling for continued growth across the state’s visitor industry.

The DBEDT said it expects total visitor arrivals to increase 4% this year, while total visitor days will be up 4.1% year over year.

Total expenditures by travelers to Hawaii are forecast to increase 9.2%, or .8% more than the DBEDT projected in its last quarterly economic report late last year. The DBEDT said the increased spending estimate is based on “high-spending markets such as China and Korea and the continued recovery in hotel room rates.”

The DBEDT is forecasting the arrival of nearly 7.4 million visitors and spending totaling $12.65 billion in 2011.
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