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Visitor spending hits $2.5 billion on Kaua‘i

LIHU‘E — A staggering increase in visitor spending pushed the total outlay to a whole other level in the penultimate month of 2023.

Visitor spending measured $2.50 billion for the 11-month period ended Nov. 30, 2023, according to a monthly report from the state of Hawai‘i Department of Business, Economic Development &Tourism (DBEDT). That marked the first time visitor spending has hit that threshold on the island.

The total was up from $2.03 billion for the 11-month period ended Nov. 30, 2022, and from $1.73 billion for the pre-pandemic 11-month period ended Nov. 30, 2019. That marked increases of 23.2 percent and 43.9 percent, respectively.

The robust gains in spending were fueled by more visitors to the island with the total at 1,296,565 for the 11-month period ended Nov. 30, 2023. That was up 6.0 percent from 1,223,387 for the 11-month period ended Nov. 30, 2022, and 4.1 percent from 1,245,672 for the 11-month period ended Nov. 30, 2019.
Source: The Garden Island

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