By Associated Press - Tuesday, January 26, 2016

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Tourism Authority is celebrating the Pro Bowl’s return to Honolulu.

CEO George Szigeti says Hawaii residents will welcome the National Football League’s players and their families with the warmth and friendliness that make the islands special.

The NFL’s all-star game will be played at Aloha Stadium on Sunday. It was held in Glendale, Arizona, last year.

The tourism authority is paying the NFL $5 million to support the game. The state agency will also reimburse the league for operational expenses at the stadium.

The game was last played in Hawaii in 2014. The tourism authority says the game generated $2.8 million in state tax revenue and more than $26 million in visitor spending.

The game is scheduled to be played in Honolulu next year as well.

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