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The end of tourism in Hawaii as we know it

A new plan for tourism in Hawaii is coming. It’s fraught with pitfalls in typical Hawaiian fashion, including various opinions and all the in-fighting within Hawaii’s marketing entities. However, one thing is clear: old-school Hawaii tourism is coming to an end. It’s time to say goodbye to the golden age of Hawaiian tourism that reigned […]

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Hawaii tourism decline begins according to state

The signs have been hanging on the wall for some time. The state openly wanted it, and the islands agree; Hawaii needs less tourism to achieve balance and sustainability. And the universe is responding to that request, which in the end may not be exactly what Hawaii wanted after all. Time will tell us. Hawaii […]

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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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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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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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Census Bureau turns Hawaii’s population gain into loss

The US Census Bureau overestimated Hawaii’s 2020 population by 6.79%, or 98,812 people, according to an internal review released this month of the 2020 census. This virtually erases Hawaii’s supposed population growth over the past decade and highlights the state’s astronomical cost of living. According to data from the 2020 initial censusHawaii’s population grew by […]

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Selling Homes for Exorbitant Prices to See What Happens: ‘Make Me Move’

His real estate agent recommended a $345,000 price tag for his Chicago townhouse, and Daniel Penzing reacted angrily to the figure. Penzing explains, “We informed our realtor that we wanted to offer our unit at a price that was 5% more than what he proposed.” “I had a feeling the market was going to heat […]

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Editorial: Hawaii Tourism Authority Retirement and Replacement Bill

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! First, a vocabulary lesson. It is not often that one comes across the word “adscititious”: it means “forming an addition or a supplement; not integral or intrinsic. This is obviously how state lawmakers view the Hawaii Tourism Authority – which, in the 11th hour, finally received […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority Gets State Funding

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! After an eleventh-hour scramble, the Hawaii Tourism Authority emerged from the 2022 legislative session with a $60 million annual budget fully intact. Lawmakers unanimously approved House Bill 1147 in a floor vote held Thursday shortly before the session adjourned. It will now be sent to Governor […]

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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 […]

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Hawaii’s population continues decline that began in 2017, new data shows

Hawaii’s population continues to shrink and age on average, according to federal data released over the past two weeks. The state’s population fell by more than 10,000 in the year ending July 1, continuing a trend since 2017, state economist Eugene Tian said, citing population estimates released Thursday. At the same time, Hawaii’s senior community […]

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Lawmakers seek more control over Hawaii Tourism Authority

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The Hawaii Tourism Authority has the support of state senators who reinstated its $60 million budget, but those same lawmakers want more control over the main tourism agency. The Senate Energy, Economic Development and Tourism Committee and the Senate Government Operations Committee on Wednesday amended House […]

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Hawaii’s population has plummeted

HONOLULU (KHON2) — More than 73% of U.S. counties experienced a natural decline last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau report released Thursday. Natural decline means there are more deaths than births over a given period, which was intensified last year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Declining births, aging populations and increasing mortality have contributed […]

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Pandemic hasn’t halted Hawaii’s population decline as thousands more flock to mainland

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii’s population continued to decline in 2021, largely because more residents left the state for the mainland than moved in, new Census Bureau estimates show. Oahu saw the most dramatic decline, losing a net total of more than 12,300 residents. Maui County also saw a decline in population – by just over […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority hopes to promote responsible tourism in the state | Business

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Hawaii Tourism Authority awaits contract to promote Hawaii

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s contract to provide destination management services and promote Hawaii to the U.S. market, the islands’ largest source of visitors, is still pending at a time when world travel venues around the world are competing to tap into booming travel demand. A new […]

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Dr. Richard Kelley, a prominent figure in Hawaii’s tourism industry, dies at 88

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — Dr. Richard Roy Kelley, who led Outrigger Hotels and Resorts for decades and was a prominent figure in Hawaii’s tourism industry, has died at age 88. Kelley, who had a long battle with Parkinson’s disease, died Feb. 24. Kelley, who was also an accomplished doctor, grew up working in his parents’ hotels. […]

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Hawaii Tourism aims to transform how visitors think about island vacations

The Hawaii Tourism Authority wants to change the way visitors think about island vacations. Nearly a year after the debut of its new Malama Hawaii campaign, the HTA plans a large-scale rollout of its new brand image with education for the travel industry as well as visitors. THE ADVERTISEMENT The organization wants visitors to consider […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Proposals to Re-Solicit for Hawaii Tourism Marketing and Management in the United States

Published on 30 December 2021 in News For immediate release: December 30, 2021 HONOLULU—The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) issued a request for proposals in October for a contractor to provide tourism destination marketing and brand management services in the United States, Hawaii’s largest visitor market, effective January 1, 2022. At the end of a months-long […]

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Tourism in Hawaii continues to do well. But Omicron is there

Tourism leaders are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach as the specter of the omicron variant raises fresh concerns of a recovery in tourism in the first half of 2022, which prior to the emergence of the variant was looming as equal to 2018 . After falling to virtually zero during the worst days of […]

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Hawaii Tourism Doomed in a few days?

The Omicron COVID Outlook for Hawaii is nothing short of catastrophic and shocking! The report was found on the HiPAM website. At the worst time of the COVID-19 pandemic, 100 new cases in Aloha State prompted statewide shutdowns. Until December 11, 100 new daily cases were worrying but continued for some time. Shops, restaurants, nightclubs […]

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Drastic Changes to the Rainbow

Also today, Hawaii tourism experts met online at a Zoom event hosted by ee Global Tourism Network to discuss the evolution of tourism in Hawaii. Daniel Nahopii from Hawaii SMS Search provided an overview of current statistics on the outlook and current state of the travel and tourism industry. Scott Foster and Frank Haas, president […]

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Hawaii’s luxury sales hit a feverish pace

Sellers are benefiting from pent-up post-pandemic demand, low mortgage rates and a buoyant stock market (iStock/Illustration by Steven Dilakian for The Real Deal) Surf, sand, sun – and about 16 luxury homes sold each week for 39 consecutive weeks. Aloha, Hawaii, where the high-end real estate market has never been hotter. More than 600 homes […]

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Hawaii’s tourism industry sees hope as cruise ships and meetings return

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Group, Viking and Resident at Sea have expressed interest in resuming cruises to Hawaii in 2022, ending a nearly two-year hiatus following a no-sail order related to the pandemic from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state Department […]

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Proposed rule for Hawaii tourist board members criticized

HONOLULU (AP) — A proposed rule for Hawaii Tourism Authority board members would have them resign before publicly opposing a board action. The tourism authority’s new code of conduct is part of a reorganization effort after facing legislative scrutiny and community pushback, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Some members of the agency’s permanent administrative committee, which […]

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Proposed Rule for Hawaii Tourist Board Members Criticized | Hawaii News

HONOLULU (AP) — A proposed rule for Hawaii Tourism Authority board members would have them resign before publicly opposing a board action. The tourism authority’s new code of conduct is part of a reorganization effort after facing legislative scrutiny and community pushback, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Some members of the agency’s permanent administrative committee, which […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Hawaii Tourism Industry Mixed Over Governor’s Viral Message | Hawaii News

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s tourism industry officials are having a mixed reaction to Gov. David Ige’s call that people not travel to the islands due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. 19. The governor made the comments Monday as hospitals across the state fill with record numbers of coronavirus patients. “It’s a risky time to […]

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What could the delta variant mean for Hawaiian tourism?

For much of the pandemic, the state of Hawaii had the highest unemployment rate in the nation, largely due to declining tourism. Then this summer, as more and more people got vaccinated, tourism picked up so much that the mayor of maui asked fewer visitors come to the island. Now the delta variant is spreading […]

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Amid upheaval, Hawaii tourism agency restructured: Travel Weekly

The Hawaiian word oil roughly translates to a time of transformative change, particularly a time when progress comes from remembering the lessons of the past. The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), as the agent of the Aloha State tourism industry, is in a huliau period. This summer, under new management, the agency reorganized with a focus […]

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US Census shows Hawaii’s population has grown 7% over the past decade

U.S. Census data released today pegs Hawaii’s population at 1,455,271, a 7% increase from the last decennial census in 2010. Kauai and Hawaii counties saw the strongest percentage growth, at 9.2% and 8.4%, respectively. Kauai’s population was pegged at 73,298, an increase of 6,207 over the 10-year period, according to the data. Hawaii County’s population […]

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Hawaii’s tourism industry is rebounding. But where are all the jobs?

As Hawaii’s tourism industry rebounds from a pandemic that ended the industry in 2020, one question continues to plague economists: where are all the jobs? Passenger Arrivals in Hawaii averaged over 30,000 per day in Julyand August was just as strong, with 32,500 arrivals on average for the first four days of the month, according […]

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Traveler complaints rise as Hawaii tourism rebounds

Hawaiian Airlines has significantly improved its financial performance this year, but the carrier has struggled to manage the negative impact the U.S. travel rebound has had on its call center wait times. It’s been about 10 months since Safe Travels, Hawaii’s traveler entry program, reopened tourism to the Hawaiian Islands. However, travelers calling the Hawaii […]

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Hawaii Tourism plans to handle Oahu tours

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has approved a tourism management plan on Oahu. The Oahu Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP) has been developed in partnership with the City and County of Honolulu over the past five months and will take actions that the community, visitor industry and other sectors deem it necessary to improve tourism […]

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Hawaii tourism agency plans to reduce visitor numbers to Oahu

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials have approved a plan to reduce tourist numbers on its most populous island. A management plan created by the Hawaii Tourism Authority aims to manage the number of tourist accommodations on Oahu, seek land use and zoning changes and review airport policies, the Honolulu star advertiser reported Friday. Hawaii Tourism […]

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Hawaii Tourism Board Plans To Cut Oahu Visitor Numbers | Hawaii News

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii officials have approved a plan to reduce tourist numbers on its most populous island. A management plan created by the Hawaii Tourism Authority aims to manage the number of tourist accommodations on Oahu, seek land use and zoning changes and review airport policies, reported. Friday the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Hawaii Tourism Authority […]

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Peter Apo: How to Manage Hawaii Tourism for the Future

It’s no secret that Hawaiians over the years have grown increasingly impatient with the impact of tourism on their daily lives. I would describe it as a love-hate showdown. The share of love is rooted in the aloha extended by Hawaiians to all who came to Hawaii beginning with the immigrant populations of the plantation […]

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Hawaii tourism expected to beat pre-pandemic levels this summer

Image source: Getty Images Travelers flock to Hawaii. Should you too? Many people have spent the summer of 2020 cooped up in their homes. At the time, travel was less feasible due to pandemic restrictions and economic uncertainty. Also, many people were afraid to board a plane before being vaccinated against COVID-19. But this summer, […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority Funds Pilot Program to Mitigate Visitor Impacts in Pololu Valley

Job : July 9, 2021 / 11:27 a.m. HST / Update: Jul 9, 2021 / 5:24 PM HST HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Pololu Valley is a historic area in North Kohala on the Big Island with the lookout, trail and coastal shoreline as popular attractions. With the recent influx of visitors to the area, the […]