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Hawaii Tourism Authority Hires T. Ilihia Gionson for New Public Affairs Position

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has hired T. Ilihia Gionson, a longtime public affairs and community engagement professional on the island of Hawaii, as its public affairs manager. Gionson, who starts work on Monday, takes on a position created as part of a reorganization of HTA in early June that focused on destination management. As part […]

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Competition heats up for Hawaii Tourism Authority’s U.S. contract

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s longest-serving contractor, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, could face stiff competition for a lucrative contract to provide marketing and brand management services as a tourist destination for the main market area of ​​the United States, the islands’ largest source market for […]

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Peter Apo: A Different Model for Community-Based Hawaiian Tourism

The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s new management team, led by John De Fries, has raised the bar significantly by responding to public rejection of Hawaii’s longstanding visitor industry model. The dramatic decline in visitor arrivals in 2020-21 caused by the Covid-19 crisis has allowed HTA to press the reset button on what more than a few […]

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Hawaii tourism leaders await Governor David Ige’s travel announcement this week

HONOLULU (KHON2) — During the Delta surge this summer, Gov. David Ige told visitors not to come to Hawaii until October, and the tourism industry took a hit. “Restaurants have reported seeing a 50% to 60% loss. Attractions are seeing $30 million in reservation cancellations across the board,” explained Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority Releases New RFP Seeking Destination Marketing and Brand Management Services for the U.S. Market

HONOLULU, October 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency and destination management organization, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for Hawaii tourism destination marketing and brand management services for the United States Core Market Area, the islands’ largest visitor source market. The scope of services of the tender […]

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Future of Hawaii Tourism Depends on State Elections in 2022

It has become clear that striking the right balance for tourism in one of the world’s most popular destinations must go beyond good intentions and become part of public policy. Redirecting Hawaii’s visitor economy toward one that balances the state’s natural and cultural assets, as well as the well-being of its communities and its profits, […]

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Actual vaccination rate for the population of Hawaii | News, Sports, Jobs

What is the actual vaccination rate of the population of the State of Hawaii? Here are the statistics: With a total state population of approximately 1,416,360 as of September 19, 1,078,968 have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine, or 76% of the population. On the same date, 807,186 people received two vaccines against COVID-19, or […]

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Hawaii’s tourism industry expects gradual return of visitors from Japan

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — As Japanese authorities ease COVID restrictions across the country, Hawaii’s tourism industry can expect a rebound. But industry leaders predict the return of Japanese travelers will be gradual, and it will take some time before Hawaii’s economy feels the positive effects. At the height of the pandemic, the number of Japanese visitors […]