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by Michael C. Lowe | September 08, 2010

For the first time since 2005, arrivals and spending were up on all Hawaiian Islands, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Total visitor arrivals saw a 9 percent increase in July, to 680,743, pushing total visitor expenditures to $1.1 billion. In addition to July being a peak summer month, the absence of the H1N1 flu and the presence of several citywide meetings and conventions contributed to the increase in visitor traffic, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.