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Hawaii Tourism Authority U.S. Brand Management Contract Update

Published on June 29, 2022 in New For immediate release: June 29, 2022 Statement by Mike McCartney HONOLULU—DBEDT Director Mike McCartney today released the following update on the Hawaii Tourism Authority RFP 22-01 covering the areas of brand management and visitor education services for the US market, as well as support services shared by Hawaii’s […]

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Hawaii tourism funding under threat again

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The future of the Hawaii Tourism Authority is again uncertain. Gov. David Ige announced plans to veto House Bill 1147 — the eleventh-hour fix that state lawmakers concocted at the end of the session to save the $60 million annual budget. agency dollars. Ige said he […]

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David Y.Ige | DBEDT Press Release: U.S. BRAND MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT UPDATE FROM THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY

DBEDT Press Release: U.S. BRAND MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT UPDATE FROM THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY Published on June 29, 2022 in Latest news from the department, Writing HONOLULU – DBEDT Director Mike McCartney today released the following update on the Hawaii Tourism Authority RFP 22-01 covering the areas of brand management and visitor education services for the […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority extends US tourism contract amid protests

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is extending the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau’s U.S. tourism contract and Global Support Services contract by three months as an interim measure to give the agency time to settle a supply protest. Mike McCartney, director of the State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, in his role as Chief […]

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Big change as Hawaii tourism boom crushes neighboring islands +21%

Digging into the dramatic growth in tourism in Hawaii this summer, we were surprised at how popular the neighboring islands have become compared to Honolulu. Read on to find out what this means on your next Hawaii vacation and how to deal with it. In fact, domestic visitor arrivals to a neighboring island have only […]

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Hawaii tourism self-correction arrives as economic boost

Feast or Famine returns to the table with the question of whether Hawaii will face too many or too few visitors. As all the talk shifts from Covid to a possible recession, here’s what traveling to Hawaii could look like due to an upcoming economic downturn. It’s a weird world these days. We are either […]

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The COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on the people of Hawaii

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected people’s health, but also their economic security, mental well-being and ability to work. To shed light on the adverse effects of the pandemic on several dimensions beyond the direct effects of COVID-19 itself, the University of Hawaii’s Economic Research […]

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Questions cast a shadow over Hawaii’s lucrative tourism deal

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The lucrative contract to market Hawaii’s visitor industry to the United States remains shrouded in uncertainty as the Hawaii Tourism Authority determines whether its controversial procurement process will end in historic change. On June 2, HTA awarded its largest contract, the US Global Support and Brand […]

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Cancellation of Hawaii Tourism Authority contract leaves longtime distributor HVCB’s future in limbo

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The reversal of fortune that left the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau a fraction of the tens of millions of dollars in state contracts it enjoyed will become clearer on Tuesday after an official debriefing on the Tourism Authority’s decision. of Hawaii to award its main […]

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No major impact on Hawaii tourism expected with COVID test change

June 11 – The COVID-19 testing mandate for international travelers to the United States is lifted, and while local visitor industry officials welcomed the move, they said they do not expect a dramatic increase in tourism to Hawaii. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the requirement for international air travelers to […]

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Hawaii’s tourism industry is a key advocate for reef-safe sunscreen: Travel Weekly

Hawaii was the first state to ban sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. In addition, Maui County has banned all non-mineral sunscreens, and the island of Hawaii is currently considering stricter laws. The harm is that chemical sunscreens wash into the ocean, threatening marine life and contributing to coral bleaching. Members of the tourism industry, including […]

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Tourist helicopter crash in Hawaii in lava field

HONOLULU (KHON2) – A tourist helicopter carrying six people has crashed into a lava field near South Point on the Big Island of Hawaii, according to Hawaii County officials. Cars collide during storms in fiery pileup K&S Helicopters, the operator of Paradise Helicopters, said the accident happened around 5:29 p.m. Wednesday while the plane, a […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority awards multi-million dollar marketing contract to new group: Travel Weekly

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state agency responsible for managing tourism, awarded its multimillion-dollar marketing contract for the US market to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA). The move means the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau lost the contract after more than two decades of partnership. The HTA said the contract covers a […]

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Tourism in Hawaii is experiencing an accelerated recovery this spring

Hawaii’s post-pandemic recovery accelerated this spring, with the islands welcoming 818,268 visitors in April. The figure represents a 96.3% recovery from April 2019 nearly a year before the COVID-19 crisis began and the highest recovery rate since the pandemic began in Hawaii. According to other preliminary visitor statistics released by the Department of Business, Economic […]