No Tourism Growth in Hawaii in 2007 Is Not The Full Story...Kauai Rocks!
University of Hawaii Economic Research
Organization (UHERO) reports that Hawaii tourism (it's financial mainstay)
got off to a poor start in 2007 and the forecast is for limited gains for the
rest of the year. They reported that visitor days on Oahu and Maui fell
4.3 percent and 2.2 percent respectively in the first quarter. This is not good
news for the economies of those counties. There are bright spots though!
The Big Island saw a 3.4 percent growth in visitor arrivals and Kauai was
stronger yet with arrivals up a whopping 10.8 percent and visitor days up 4.4
percent. The ongoing building boom on Kauai's south shore will assure
plenty of choices for those additional tourists for years to come. Many of
these tourists will eventually elect to buy their own place in paradise if they have not
already done so. Kauai has a bright future as long as growth doesn't overwhelm it's beauty.