State economists: Hawaii likely to set visitor arrivals record this year


Officials at the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) are forecasting nearly 8.3 million visitor arrivals in 2014, a new statewide record.

In their third-quarter forecast, released Aug. 20, Hawaii DBEDT economists said that despite a 3.2% decline in overall visitor arrivals to the state during the first quarter, a projected 2.5% increase in total air seats to the Islands during the second half of 2014 should result in a .7% boost in total arrivals for the year.

The DBEDT is also forecasting a 2.3% climb in total visitor spending, leading to nearly $15 billion in total visitor expenditures statewide, another all-time high for Hawaii.

For 2015, visitor arrivals are now expected to exceed 8.45 million, while spending for the year is projected to reach $15.6 billion, according to the DBEDT forecast.
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