June 02, 2004
Airfares to Hawaii rose dramatically at the end of 2003 compared with the same period in 2002. Fares to Honolulu increased 14.4 percent -- nearly 10 times the national average -- according to a study of more than 54 million tickets conducted by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. Despite rising airfares, meetings, conventions and incentive arrivals to Hawaii increased more than 10 percent in 2003 compared with 2002, according to the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. A spokesperson for the bureau said bookings have remained strong on the island in large part due to the state's multi-island appeal and "international" setting on American soil.