According to the second-quarter economic forecast recently released by the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, the total number of visitor arrivals to the state in 2010 is expected to increase 2.6% from last year's figures.

The DBEDT said annual visitor expenditures are likely to increase 4.9% year over year to a total of $10.5 billion in 2010.

The 4.5% rise in total visitors, propelled by a 12.7% jump in international arrivals, and the 5% increase in expenditures during Q1 of this year caused the DBEDT to up its projections from its first-quarter economic forecast.

The projected year-over-year increase for total 2010 visitor arrivals was just 2% in the DBEDT forecast released in February, while expenditures were expected to increase only 2.3%.

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