The Hawai'i Tourism Authority recently announced that the state's tourism economy is continuing to grow. Spending for February 2012 is up 8.5 percent, compared to the same month last year. That brings the year in total to $2.44 billion.
"At this pace, we are not only exceeding our year-over-year expenditures, but will surpass the peak year of 2007, and are currently ahead of the aggressive totals for 2012," said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA.
The HTA will be scrutinizing the rising fuel costs and its effect on people's decision to vacation in the state.