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Tourists, M&A and a big bet on the yen

Posted on AllSides February 13th, 2024
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Eric Thayer/Bloomberg

For some decades, Hawaii has been a favourite playground for Japanese tourists, consistently in the top three most visited overseas destinations and the go-to spot for golf-tours, group getaways, marriage proposals and honeymoons.

But this is less so now, and the dollar-yen exchange rate bears much of the blame. Hawaiian trips by Japanese have resumed since the pandemic, but as a shadow of their previous level. Daily passenger arrivals throughout 2023 were mostly well below the 3,000 mark, while in 2019 they were mostly above 5,000. 

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