The state’s visitor industry is seeing a leveling off in arrivals and officials anticipate more of the same over the next two months.
Tourism officials say overall, the numbers remain strong.
Visitor arrivals increased three percent in April. Spending climbed nearly two percent, with tourists spending $1.1 billion last month.
In the meantime, the Hawaii Tourism Authority is tracking the declining value of the yen.
“A year ago the yen was at 79. Now it’s over 100. Japanese are spending 30 percent more for what they would have paid for earlier in the year,” HTA President and CEO Mike McCartney said. “This year we’re going to spend some more attention in Taiwan, we’re going to spend some more attention in southeast. We’re also going to look for the first time and work hard in Latin America.”
State officials compare Hawaii’s visitor industry to a mutual fund. The goal is to diversify the state’s portfolio.