HAWAII’S tourism industry is expecting to have achieved a record year in 2017, with new landmarks tipped in visitor spending and arrivals.
In a new year message, Hawaii Tourism Authority president George Szigeti said statistics to be released later this month would show new records in visitation and tourism revenue.
“We have good reason to believe tourism’s momentum can be sustained in 2018,” he said.
“Over the last half of 2017, we saw a steady rise in air seat capacity to Hawaii.
“This upward trend is continuing into 2018 in response to travel demand,” he said, adding that first quarter schedules showed a further capacity boost of 10.9%.