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According to preliminary statistics released in May by Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), visitors to the state spent a total of USD1.4 billion in March 2017, an increase of 12.3 percent compared to March 2016.

According to the data, the Japanese market lead the growth in visitor spending, up 20.8 percent to USD187.2 million, driven by year-over-year increases visitor days, up 13.1 percent as well as a 3.6 percent boost in average length of stay, and a 6.9 percent rise in daily spending to USD228 per person.

In March, daily spending statewide averaged USD201 per person, up from USD182 in 2016, while arrivals increased 2.1 percent to 802,802, with Japan again generating the highest rate of growth 9.1 percent amounting to 136,735 visitors.