Hawaii tourism

Hawaii Tourism Authority pays for visitors to return home

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is helping fund return flights for visitors, including those who do not obey the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine established earlier this month amid of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a Hawaii Department of Health press release on Thursday, the agency provided the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH) with […]

Hawaii tourism

Hawaii Tourism Authority now pays for departing visitors

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has set aside $25,000 for the cost of sending tourists if they refuse to comply with the state’s 14-day quarantine. The state said in a press release that overseas travel arrangements are being handled by the Visitor Aloha Society, a nonprofit group that normally helps tourists to Hawaii deal with issues […]

Hawaii tourism

New tasks allow Hawaii tourism employees to work

Tens of thousands of jobs have been lost in Hawaii’s tourism industry, but employees of the state agency responsible for managing “tourism for the benefit of the Hawaiian Islands” and its main marketing contractor have not not been affected. The Hawaii Tourism Authority employs 32 full-time people and has a payroll of nearly $2.8 million, […]

Hawaii tourism

Hawaii tourism won’t improve until coronavirus curve flattens

Hawaii’s visitor industry is under siege as COVID-19[female[feminine Lockdowns and lower visitor demand have slowed tourism — the state’s biggest contributor to growth — to a trickle. On Tuesday, the fifth day of a mandatory quarantine for transpacific passengers, only 121 of the 681 passengers were visitors. Since the order took effect Thursday, only 887 […]