Hawaii welcomed 560,707 visitors in September, an increase of 4% over the same month in 2010.

In addition, visitor spending in September jumped 19.7% year over year, to a total of more than $1 billion, according to a report released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority Oct. 25.

“September's growth included the continued increase in Japanese visitor spending as well as an increase in visitor arrivals, the first of such increases in six months,” Mike McCartney, HTA president and CEO, said in a statement. “And we are hopeful that the uptick in arrivals is a sign of recovery of the Japan market.”

Among Hawaii’s four largest source markets, arrivals from the U.S. West were up 2% in September while those from the U.S. East climbed 4.4% following three months of declines. Visitors from Canada surged 23%, and Japanese arrivals inched up eight-tenths of a percent from September of last year.

Year to date through September, Hawaii has welcomed 5.4 million visitors, up 2.7% year over year, who have spent a total $9.25 billion, an increase of 14.7% over the same period last year.
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