During February, 531,094 visitors arrived in Hawaii by air and cruise ship, inching up .7% from the same month last year.

According to preliminary statistics released March 30 by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, total visitor expenditures for those arriving by air in February was essentially unchanged, dipping just .3% year over year to 850.2 million during the month.

"Momentum from the strong fourth quarter in 2009 continued through February 2010 as anticipated," said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. "We are especially pleased that despite the Pro Bowl not being in Hawaii this year, total visitor arrivals and spending held stable over last year."

Visitors from the state's largest market, the U.S. West, fell 2.6%, and those from the U.S. East sank 8.2%. Arrivals from Japan, however, increased 2.5%, and visitors from Canada jumped 16.2%.

The total number of visitor days for those arriving by air and cruise was up 2.5% year over year, while the average length of stay was 9.56 days, climbing 1.3% from the same period in 2009.

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