Hawaii’s November stats are more of the same

Air visitors spent $805.3 million in Hawaii in November 2008, a 15.3% decrease from the previous November, according to statistics compiled by the state’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

Contributing to the decline was a 15.8% decrease in air arrivals, to 485,544 visitors, and daily spending of $180 per person, down from $186.

Total visitor days for air and cruise visitors in November 2008 fell 12.5%.

Among Hawaii’s top four visitor markets, air arrivals from the U.S. West fell 18%; from the U.S. East, 14.4%; from Japan, 20.3%; from Canada, 7.1%.

The lone bright spot: Visitors who arrived for meetings, conventions and incentive trips increased 6.3%. The Sweet Adelines International convention attracted nearly 7,500 female barbershop harmony singers to the Islands, DBEDT said.

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