Finally – some good tourism news.

State raises outlook for tourism this year

The state’s latest projections boost the performance of the visitor industry, a key contributor to Hawai’i’s economy. The forecast calls for visitor arrivals to increase 2.6 percent this year, or higher than the 2.1 percent in DBEDT’s previous forecast.

It also calls for visitor spending to rise by 2.6 percent. That’s an jump from the 2.0 percent seen previously.

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