November sees +7.9% rise in Japanese visitor arrivals to Hawaii as troubled 2009 finishes on a high note – 30/12/09

US (HAWAII). Visitor arrivals from Japan to Hawaii rose for the third consecutive month in November, according to preliminary statistics released this week by the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

November saw an encouraging +7.9% increase in Japanese arrivals to 91,720, following +2.6% and +16.7% gains in October and September, respectively.

The strong finish to an otherwise difficult year for Japanese tourism is a welcome fillip for Hawaii’s major travel retailer DFS Group. For the first eleven months of 2009, total Japanese visitor arrivals fell by -5.1% to 1 ,015,896.

Total visitor arrivals (all nationalities) in November declined by -1.4% year-on-year to 490,514.

Among the other top four visitor markets, arrivals by air from US West fell by -3.7%, following six consecutive months of positive growth. Arrivals from US East (-7.8%) and Canada (-7.4%) also fell year-on-year.

Total arrivals of all nationalities were down by -1.4% to 4 90,514 in the first 11 months.

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