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Hawaii Tourism Authority faces possible state funding

HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Tourism Authority has begun planning for the possibility that the organization could be funded by the state. Officials from the agency tasked with leading the statewide tourism recovery say the authority is in dire financial straits, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday. The agency was created by the state legislature in […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority prepares for funding

The Hawaii Tourism Authority, the state agency tasked with leading the islands’ tourism recovery, is in dire financial straits and has already begun executing “doomsday scenarios” in case it faces funding. Governor David Ige issued an executive order earlier in the pandemic ending transient accommodation tax payments to HTA, which was created by the state […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority to spend another $250,000 on ailing center of Hawaiian music and dance

The pandemic has cost the Hawaii Tourism Authority more than half of its budget and all of its public appropriations for the foreseeable future. But that hasn’t stopped HTA’s board of directors from agreeing to invest an additional $250,000 in the Center for Hawaiian Music and Dance, a long-awaited project that has been fraught with […]

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Lackluster tourism in Hawaii increases hotel losses

Holiday traffic in November — the first full month of the test program before Hawaii Safe Travels arrived — didn’t help Hawaii hotels much. Just 22.1% of available hotel rooms were occupied in November, according to new data released by Hendersonville, Tennessee-based STR. The 72.1% decline in statewide occupancy from November 2019 was the smallest […]

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Hilton Hawaiian Village reopens as Hawaii tourism slowly recovers

The reopening of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, the state’s largest hotel property, and the start of COVID-19 vaccinations in Hawaii are important milestones on the still long and winding road to tourism recovery. Tuesday’s reopening of HHV is expected to bring some 250 to 300 employees back to work. It also allowed […]

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Has Hawaii’s tourism industry lost its influence?

The last weeks of November have been particularly cruel for the Hawaiian tourism industry. At a time when the industry was starting to recover thanks to Governor David Ige’s pre-travel testing program that allows travelers to avoid a 14-day quarantine, the governor has dealt the industry a double whammy. First, on Nov. 18, Ige changed […]

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Hawaii tourism struggles as other destinations thrive

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The trend of the coronavirus in the country has a big influence on a person’s decision to travel and the destinations they decide to visit. Restrictions in Hawaii continue to impact travellers. On the way with KHON 2GOKHON’s morning podcast, every morning at 8 a.m. Vikram Singh is a hotel analyst in […]

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Hawaiian tourism encourages visitors to Malama Hawaii

HONOLULU (KHON2) — The word “Malama” means “to take care of”. The Hawaii Tourism Authority has just launched its Malama Hawaii initiative, encouraging visitors to the island to give back to their destination. Download the free KHON2 app to iOS Where android to stay informed of the latest news Many companies have already jumped on […]

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Japan helps diversify Hawaii tourism recovery

Only a few thousand visitors from Japan are expected to come to Hawaii for the rest of this year. But that trickle is important to sustaining Hawaii’s economy, which has much of its visitor industry infrastructure built around catering to Japanese tourists. Also, it is advantageous for the industry to have visitors from more than […]

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The conversation: what will happen to tourism in Hawaii?

Views of an evolving and updated visitor industry from Iolani Palace; Community view from Lanai; Use state land for the homeless in Waimanalo; Moved from Crane Park; Hui Aloha helps the homeless; Keeping Hawaiian Music alive Credit Noe Tanigawa/HPR / Iolani Palace Views of an evolving and updated visitor industry from Iolani Palace Kuuipo Kumukahi […]

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Hawaii tourism officials expect an average of 2,000 to 4,000 daily arrivals

Hawaii recently reopened its borders to tourists who pass rigorous COVID-19 testing protocols, leading to a massive increase in trans-Pacific arrivals. According to Honolulu Star-Announcertourism officials revealed that the number of arrivals fell from 463 on October 14 – the day before the pre-arrival testing program came into effect – to 5,124 on October 17. […]

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Hawaii tourism reopens to choppy start

The daily number of trans-Pacific arrivals jumped as Hawaii launched a pre-arrival testing program to welcome travelers back. Now, a week after the state’s tourism reopened, visitor arrivals have already begun to level off. The number of visitors coming on vacation or to visit friends stood at 463 on October 14, the day before Hawaii […]

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Open Day for Tourism in Hawaii: This is just the beginning

Hawaii welcomed more than 8,000 travelers on Thursday as the state kicked off its pre-travel testing program designed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and allow one of the state’s largest industries to reopen. But the architect of the testing program, Lt. Governor Josh Green, said much work remains to be done to ensure the […]

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New Hawaii tourism chief comes at critical time for Aloha State: Travel Weekly

John De Fries took the helm of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) a month, almost to the day, before the scheduled launch this week of a crucial foresight program for restarting tourism in the state. “It’s a vertical learning curve,” De Fries said. “Not just for me, frankly, but for the whole industry.” The program, […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority seeks input from Hawaiians

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has issued a public call for input and ideas from island communities on how the state and counties can effectively revive tourism. It invites locals to make their voices heard on the topics of destination management, community prioritization, and Hawaii’s broader cultural and environmental needs. In line with its 2020-2025 […]

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After tourism reopens in Hawaii, will there be a flood or a trickle of visitors?

After seven months of shutting down tourism, the state is finally ready to reopen the doors. But what does that mean? Will there be a flood of 2019-style visitors or just a trickle when the pre-arrival testing program on October 15 begins? Before COVID-19, an average of around 29,000 passengers arrived each day, most of […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority Confirms New President and CEO – Travel Weekly

John De Fries has accepted the offer to become the new President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The HTA board unanimously agreed at a board meeting late last month to make an offer to De Fries, who will take up his new role on September 16. HTA received more than 300 applications for […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority hires chef John De Fries amid budget cuts and tourism slump

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has hired its first Native Hawaiian president and CEO. Tourism industry veteran John De Fries is expected to start on Wednesday. Under the terms of his contract, he will be paid roughly the same rate as his predecessor, Chris Tatum, who left the agency on August 31 to “spend more time […]

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More bad news for Hawaii tourism

The coastline of Honolulu, Hawaii. Getty Just before Labor Day weekend kicked off last Thursday, 25 mind-blowing hospitality businesses in Hawaii filed notices of mass dismissal and furlough to the state, informing them of their intention to lay off hundreds of workers in the next 30 days. According to local media, the move signals a […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority Offers John De Fries Senior Position

The Hawaii Tourism Authority today offered its top job to John De Fries, who, when accepted, would become the organization’s first Native Hawaiian leader. HTA’s board of directors voted unanimously to offer De Fries the CEO position during its Zoom meeting. De Fries has yet to accept the offer, so HTA was unable to immediately […]

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Return of domestic air travel will be a boon for Hawaii tourism

Hawaiian Airlines and Southwest Airlines are restoring service in time for the August 1 launch of a COVID-19 passenger testing program that will allow Hawaii’s tourism industry to reopen to out-of-state visitors. State. The additional domestic airlift is a critical step in rebuilding Hawaii’s tourism industry, which collapsed in March amid COVID-19 fears and government […]

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Tourism in Hawaii is plunging; officials tackle back-to-school plan

Hawaii saw spending and visitor arrivals in March drop more than 50% as the novel coronavirus pandemic devastated the global travel industry. The performance was so poor that it erased January and February gains and caused double-digit losses for the first quarter. In March 2019, 939,064 visitors came to Hawaii and spent over $1.5 billion. […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority pays for visitors to return home

The Hawaii Tourism Authority is helping fund return flights for visitors, including those who do not obey the state’s mandatory 14-day self-quarantine established earlier this month amid of the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. According to a Hawaii Department of Health press release on Thursday, the agency provided the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH) with […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority now pays for departing visitors

The Hawaii Tourism Authority has set aside $25,000 for the cost of sending tourists if they refuse to comply with the state’s 14-day quarantine. The state said in a press release that overseas travel arrangements are being handled by the Visitor Aloha Society, a nonprofit group that normally helps tourists to Hawaii deal with issues […]

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New tasks allow Hawaii tourism employees to work

Tens of thousands of jobs have been lost in Hawaii’s tourism industry, but employees of the state agency responsible for managing “tourism for the benefit of the Hawaiian Islands” and its main marketing contractor have not not been affected. The Hawaii Tourism Authority employs 32 full-time people and has a payroll of nearly $2.8 million, […]

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Hawaii tourism won’t improve until coronavirus curve flattens

Hawaii’s visitor industry is under siege as COVID-19[female[feminine Lockdowns and lower visitor demand have slowed tourism — the state’s biggest contributor to growth — to a trickle. On Tuesday, the fifth day of a mandatory quarantine for transpacific passengers, only 121 of the 681 passengers were visitors. Since the order took effect Thursday, only 887 […]

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The history of tourism in Hawaii

Although the term is never quite accompanied by a specific time period, travelers and residents of Hawai’i are often poetic about “Old Hawai’i”. For some, “Old Hawai’i” refers to the time before European contact, or when Hawai’i was a sovereign kingdom. Other references to “Old Hawaii” might be the birth of the tourism industry or […]