Hawaii tourism

Hawaii Tourism Authority Focuses on New Kind of Visitor and Aims to Educate About the State

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Tourism figures are still below pre-COVID pandemic levels and for the first time the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) must submit a budget request to the state legislature. In 2019, visitor arrivals topped more than 10 million, and HTA said residents’ sentiment towards the tourism industry was down. Download the free KHON2 app […]

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Hawaii tourism officials seek to attract ‘mindful, respectful and high-value’ travelers

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) hopes to rebrand the islands to attract “conscious, respectful and high-value travelers” this year, after seeking $60 million in state funding to help promote more responsible tourism. According to Honolulu Civil BeatGovernor David Ige and his administration requested the money to focus on promoting environmental and cultural programs that travelers […]

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Hawaii tourism officials seek ‘mindful, respectful, high-value travelers’

Governor David Ige’s administration has asked for tens of millions of dollars in public funding to help reshape the way visitors experience Hawaii, in hopes that more thoughtful tourists will ultimately bolster residents’ sentiment toward tourism in the islands. In total, the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s $60 million request for next fiscal year operations, which begins […]

Hawaii population

Hawaii’s population declines for fifth straight year

For the fifth consecutive year, Hawaii’s population has declined, according to the annual report of the United States Census Bureau. population estimates. From July 2020 to July 2021, Hawaii’s population decreased from 1,451,911 to 1,441,553. This is a population decrease of 10,358 or 0.7%. Hawaii ranks fourth in the country for the highest population decline. […]

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New bill jeopardizes Hawaii Tourism Authority funding

The future of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) could be in jeopardy as state lawmakers passed a bill that would cut dedicated funding. According to Honolulu Star-Announcer, House Bill 862 was passed by officials in Hawaii last week and would eliminate the dedicated funding HTA receives. If the bill becomes law, the HTA’s fiscal year […]

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Hawaii Tourism CEO ‘optimistic’ and ‘encouraged’ by trip’s return

The Governor of Hawaii announced that the state will reopen to non-essential travelers on November 1, 2021, and the CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) issued a statement welcoming visitors, noting that travel to the islands are already bouncing. “As we look to the weeks ahead, we are encouraged by signs of a rebound […]

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Oahu to Submit Overtourism Management Plan to Hawaii Tourism Authority

Now that Hawaii has lifted some restrictions and fully vaccinated travelers can even skip pre-travel testing, mainland tourists have descended on the islands in numbers that are overloading infrastructure and causing residents to object. With visitor arrivals to Maui already at pre-pandemic levels, airports operating at overcapacity and local businesses struggling to meet sudden demand […]

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Hawaii Tourism shares update on rental car shortage

Hawaii, like many vacation destinations across the country, has been experiencing a rental car shortage for months as demand soars and inventory continues to run below average. the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) shared an update on the situation and advises booking a rental car before making other travel arrangements. THE ADVERTISEMENT trendy now If you […]

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What Travel Advisors Need to Know About Hawaii Tourism Right Now

Hawaii reopened to visitors from the mainland in October, but visiting isn’t as simple as booking a hotel for guests and buying plane tickets to the islands. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, traveling isn’t as easy as it used to be and won’t be for a long time. In fact, the CDC is currently advising […]

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Hawaii’s population depletion exceeds most states – again

A few years ago, despite having the lowest unemployment rate in the country, Hawaii was one of the few states to lose population: a situation so striking that a national newspaper described it with the headline:Hawaii has record unemployment and it’s not a frozen hellscape. Why do people leave?” Population decline continued in the islands, […]

Hawaii luxury

Fueled by Mainland Buyers, Hawaii’s Luxury Real Estate Market Continues Momentum

A more than 5,800 square foot home in Honolulu, listed at $5.2 million, is among the recent sales. Life in Hawaii The luxury real estate market in Hawaii remains hotter than hot as the island lifestyle attracts mainland buyers, inventory remains scarce and sale prices soar. “The historic run since the summer of 2020 continues […]