- Associated Press - Friday, May 8, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - Visitor spending declined slightly in Hawaii during the first quarter of the year as the stronger dollar prompted Japanese visitors to trim their budgets.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Friday visitors spent $3.8 billion from January through March, down 1.3 percent from the same quarter last year.

But the number of travelers coming to Hawaii rose. Visitor arrivals climbed 3 percent to over 2.1 million.

Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO Ronald Williams says the agency is working on promotions to ease the cost of travel to Hawaii given the U.S. dollar remains strong.

A stronger dollar makes it more expensive for Japanese travelers to visit the islands.

The dollar was trading at around 120 yen during the first quarter, compared to nearly 100 yen during the first three months of 2014.

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide