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Japanese Visitor Arrivals Surging

May 30, 2012, 8:22 PM HST
* Updated May 30, 10:11 PM
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Japanese visitor arrivals have been surging since March 2012, according to statistics provided by the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism.

The agency’s seven-day moving average shows visitor traffic from Japan tracking significantly higher than in 2011. Year-over-year growth in Japanese visitors peaked in mid-April, increasing more than 50% when compared to the prior year, and international arrivals improved as a whole over the last three months.

Hawaii’s Tourism Authority recently reported increases in Japanese visitor spending, with guest expenditures rising 25.3% between March 2011 and March 2012. The Big Island saw total arrivals from all destinations rise 8.2% in the first quarter of 2012, and total spending rise 9.2%.

The increase in visitors from Japan coincides with a post-disaster economic recovery in the country, with the Japanese government reporting a 1% increase in economic growth for the first three months of 2012. Japan had seen its quarterly economic growth fall 2% in the same period last year following a devastating combination of earthquakes and tsunamis.

Japan’s first quarter growth was roughly double that of the United States, where the economy grew 0.5% during the same period of time.

Japanese visitor arrivals. Chart courtesy of Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism.

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