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Mahalo to Hawaii’s Visitor Industry

On behalf of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, I would like to wish you happy holidays and thank everyone for your continued support of Hawaii’s tourism economy. 
We experienced positive growth in arrivals and spending during the first half of the year, and tourism has contributed $1.26 billion in tax revenue as of October.  Your collaborative efforts have helped to make 2013 another strong year for our tourism economy.
As we look to 2014, it is important that we continue to work together to maintain the momentum we have experienced in 2012 and 2013. We will actively monitor how our global competition, the rising cost of a Hawaii vacation, and other economic factors that could impact a potential downturn in our tourism economy. We must not take for granted our successes and will work with our partners to help us sustain Hawaii’s tourism economy. 
Our unique people, place and culture makes Hawaii one of the most sought after destinations in the world, and we are optimistic that these authentic experiences will continue to entice visitors. The aloha spirit of our people is one of our greatest assets and will help us to continue to build and maintain destination appeal. 
Thank you again for your hard work throughout 2013.  Mele kalikimaka me ka hauoli makahiki hou!
Mike McCartney

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