The Maui News - Maui's tourism industry ended a strong summer with both increased visitor arrivals and spending in August, according to new data released Thursday by the Hawai'i Tourism Authority. Visitors to Maui last month spent $281 million, representing a more than 14 percent boost over last August. Year-to-date, total visitor spending on Maui is up 20.5 percent to $2.5 billion, compared to the same time frame last year.
The overall higher spending last month is attributed to more arrivals and higher daily spending. The island saw a 10 percent increase in visitor arrivals last month to 204,026 visitors. Per person daily spending was up nearly 6 percent to $187 in August.
The state as a whole saw visitor expenditures increase nearly 15 percent last month to $1.19 billion. Total arrivals to Hawai'i were up 11 percent to 725,642 visitors in August.