Visitor arrivals and spending were both down in April, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The state greeted 662,553 visitors in April, down just 0.7% from April 2013, when nearly 667,000 visited. And, spending was down 2.2% to $1.08 billion in April, compared to $1.10 billion the same month last year. It was the 8th month in a row that spending slipped below the year-ago level. HTA's President and CEO Mike McCartney says the weakness will likely continue. He attributes the slowdown to a decline in Hawaii's cruise ship industry, growing competition from other vacation destinations, the strengthening of the U.S. dollar against international currencies and other economic conditions.
Posted Friday, May 30th 2014 @ 5pm