Tourism numbers down in 2018: Disasters cited as reason; largest dropoff was among Japanese travelers

  • HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Tourists walk along the Sulphur Banks Trail Dec. 28 at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

HILO — The number of visitors to the Big Island in 2018 dropped from the previous year, while visitor spending remained flat in the wake of the Kilauea eruption.