Hawaii's rebounding tourism industry surged in January as the Aloha State posted a record $1.3 billion in visitor spending.
The total was a 14% increase from the same month last year and the best one-month total on record, surpassing December's peak by $47 million, according to new statistics from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
State tourism officials attributed the record to more visitors and to a greater amount spent by each person.
Hawaii attracted 643,616 visitors, a 7.7% increase from January 2011, and they spent an average of $192 per person, about 5% more than the $183 average a year earlier.
"A strong holiday season, combined with pent-up demand for travel to the Hawaiian Islands, increases in airlift and a large delegation of convention attendees were all contributing factors to the increases seen in January," said Mike McCartney, president of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.