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Visitor numbers down in December

HONOLULU (AP) — Tourism officials said Hawaii welcomed fewer visitors for the fourth consecutive month in December.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Thursday more than 720,000 travelers came to the islands during the month. That’s 1.9 percent less than the same month the previous year.

Spending by visitors also declined for the fourth month in a row.

The agency said airline fuel surcharges and less favorable currency exchange rates slowed bookings and hampered growth.

Even so, the number of visitors to the islands hit a record 8.2 million for the full year. This exceeds the previous record of 8 million marked in 2012.


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