Hawaii tourism

March was a good month for tourism in Hawaii

Almost as many foreign visitors arrived in Hawaii last month as in March 2019. According to data from the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, 788,931 visitors visited the state in March, compared to 928,849 in March 2019. On the Big Island, 141,854 people visited the island, or a drop of 11% from 2019, […]

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Legislative disputes jeopardize Hawaii Tourism Authority funding

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The Hawaii Tourism Authority is once again in the legislative crosshairs, and its funding has fallen on the wire. Speakers from the State House and Senate left HTA funding out of House Bill 1600 when approving their final version of the state’s $17 billion supplementary budget […]

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Hawaii tourism plan focuses on marketing, not management

Over the past two years, amid growing dissatisfaction with excessive tourism, the Hawaii Tourism Authority has attempted to reinvent itself from an entity charged simply with marketing the islands to one also seeking to manage the tourism to create a better experience for residents and visitors. Today, HTA unveiled a major element of its transformation […]

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Reviews | Stop Traveling to Hawaii, Tourism Isn’t Sustainable

Native Hawaiians are asking people to consider not traveling to the islands for a variety of justice reasons, including cultural and environmental stability. When people demand rights to their ancestral lands and safe environments, visitors have an obligation to listen, even if it means staying away. Heavy tourism has economic benefits for popular destinations, but […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority faces tight deadline for contract

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The Hawaii Tourism Authority is working under an extremely tight timeline to award its largest contract to provide destination management services and promote Hawaii in the US market, the state’s largest visitor source market . Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has always had HTA’s largest contract […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority named official partner of the LPGA | LPGA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. and HONOLULU, Hawaiʻi, April 13, 2022 – The LPGA today announced that the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) has joined the LPGA Family as an Official Partner. This partnership will be immediately showcased at this week’s LOTTE Championship, which continues a 40-year tradition of world-class competition on the LPGA Tour on the spectacular […]

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Tourism in Hawaii is resuming faster than expected

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Tourism in Hawaii is picking up drastically with more than one million people visiting the islands this year compared to last. According to Hawaii Tourism Authority over a million people flew to Hawaii in January and February and the numbers are only growing. Download the free KHON2 app to iOS or android […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority criticized for hastily allocating $250,000 to LPGA Lotte event

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The Hawaii Tourism Authority voted on Thursday to move funding from its website budget so it can award a $250,000 sole-source contract to the 2022 Lotte Championship Golf Tournament – ​​a controversial move that has required the organization to seek an exemption from state procurement rules. […]

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Hawaii tourism rebounds but Japan remains an obstacle

Riding on pent-up demand from American travellers, Hawaii’s tourism industry is heading into summer with momentum approaching that of the heady days before the Covid-19 pandemic when the state saw record numbers. Today, according to economists and industry leaders, only one piece of the puzzle is missing: visitors from Japan. The good news is that […]

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Hospitality show bodes well for Hawaii tourism, which needs large groups and international travelers to thrive

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! About 4,500 attendees turned out for the sold-out Hawai’i Hotel & Restaurant Show on Wednesday and Thursday — a positive sign that large gatherings, an important part of the state’s tourism recovery, are returning. Exhibitors from Hawaii, the mainland and Japan filled about 200 booths for […]