HONOLULU, Hawaii – George D Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement commenting on Hawaii’s visitor statistics for January 2016.
“The best January ever in terms of total visitor arrivals pumped $1.5 billion into our economy and generated $155.6 million in state tax revenue to support services and programs all of our communities need.
“Taxpayers demand that HTA make the best use of its state funding to support Hawaii’s tourism industry. We are meeting that expectation with a judicious, diversified marketing plan that has now attracted record totals of domestic and international travelers for 11 straight months.
“However, history has taught us time and again that success for Hawaii tourism can never be assumed. It’s imperative we continue to be aggressive with our marketing of the Hawaiian Islands, while showing visitors the aloha and unique experiences they come here to enjoy.”