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Hawaii tourism officials optimistic with Japan easing COVID restrictions

HONOLULU (KHON2) — In Japan, COVID vaccination rates are on the rise and the number of cases is trending down. Now, the Japanese government is gradually easing restrictions, and local tourism officials hope this will lead to Japanese visitors returning to Hawaii. Hawaii Tourism Japan says the news couldn’t have come at a better time. […]

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Hawaii’s tourism industry could benefit from new federal rules

HONOLULU (AP) — New federal rules for international travelers are expected to help Hawaii’s crippled tourism industry. The state’s international market has been almost non-existent since the pandemic largely halted travel last year. Last week, the White House relaxed rules that previously barred some foreign travelers from coming to the United States. Foreign visitors can […]

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Proposed international COVID rules bring hope to Hawaii tourism

An announcement by the Biden administration that it will adopt new international travel policies as early as November will not immediately solve the global travel crisis in Hawaii, which is still down 97% from the pre-pandemic period. However, some members of the Hawaii visitor industry say it’s a signal that the long-awaited recovery for international […]

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Hawaii’s tourism industry could benefit from new federal rules | Hawaii News

HONOLULU (AP) — New federal rules for international travelers are expected to help Hawaii’s crippled tourism industry. The state’s international market has been almost non-existent since the pandemic halted travel last year. Last week, the White House announced a relaxation of rules that previously barred some foreign travelers from coming to the United States. Now […]

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Hawaiian Airlines says Travel Pono amid surge in Hawaii tourism

Amid calls from state officials for tourism to slow down in Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines has released a new video informing those traveling to the islands about how they can respect the sacred land, culture and community when traveling their visit. In the video, five crew members talk about the airline’s goal of traveling to Pono, […]

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Reduced hours, layoffs and furloughs resume in Hawaii tourism as federal backstop disappears

A drop in visitor arrivals to Hawaii due to the spread of the delta variant and COVID-19 containment measures is creating a new round of layoffs, furloughs and reduced hours in the tourism sector just as the Federal unemployment assistance ends. Hawaii saw a small spike in travelers for the Labor Day holiday, but not […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority’s tourism plan for Oahu focuses on reducing visitors

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The public can now view the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s Oahu Destination Management Action Plan, which says the agency will work to “decrease the total number of visitors to Oahu.” HTA’s Board of Directors approved this and other DMAP actions at the July 29 board meeting. The […]