The 2012 data is in, and according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority, Maui County had over 2.3 million visitors. The low was 1.9 million in 2009, while in 2011, there were 2,211,413, so the climb is slow but steady. While the state broke its 2006 arrival records, Maui came up a bit shy of its own 2007 record. We needed 180,000 more people to reach the high of 2,522,043 that we saw that year. The performance of each island is a bit different, as are the statistics for the state as a whole, and that is normal. Visitor arrivals increased by 9.2 percent to 7.8 million for the state as a whole, and Oahu saw an 11.1 percent jump to 4.9 million visitors. The Big Island and Kauai showed more growth than Maui, but they still have fewer visitors, with 1.4 million and 1.1 million, respectively. In more good news for Maui County, Lanai had a 13.8 percent increase in international arrivals for a total of 14,973 and Molokai had a 4.2 percent increase for a total of 11,859.
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