Economic forecast: Visitor numbers could hit 6M this year

Visitors walk down Crater Rim Trail while a plume rises from Halemaʻumaʻu crater on Dec. 28 at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. (KELSEY WALLING/Tribune-Herald)

State economists believe travel to the state could nearly return to 2019 levels by the end of this year, but a complete recovery will take more than three years.