Hawaii visitors spent a total of $880.2 million during the month of September, soaring more than 22% from the same period in 2009.

Arrivals for the month were up nearly 9% and average daily spending increased 11.5%, according to preliminary statistics released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority Nov. 4.

"Overall, we are pleased to see year-over-year growth in visitor arrivals and spending during the traditionally slow month of September, including a double-digit increase in per-person per-day spending at $186," Mike McCartney, the HTA president and CEO, said in a statement. "The HTA ... remains focused on driving demand with aggressive marketing programs ... to improve Hawaii's tourism economy, which has yet to fully recover from the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009."

During the first nine months of 2010, Hawaii visitors spent a total of $8.4 billion, jumping 13.7% from the same period last year.

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