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Hawaii Tourism Authority Announces Travel Changes and Mandates

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Hawaii lawmakers override Governor David Ige’s veto of Hawaii Tourism Authority funding bill

State lawmakers cleared longstanding frustrations over tourism in Hawaii today by overriding Governor David Ige’s veto of a bill that challenges the fate of the Hawaii Tourism Authority and dramatically alters how Hawaii’s main tourism agency is funded. Members of the House and Senate voted by a two-thirds majority to override Ige’s veto on the […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority reorganizes as politicians ponder its fate

July 6 – The Hawaii Tourism Authority has eliminated two high-level positions in a reorganization that focuses on destination management at a time when politics is about to decide the fate of the beleaguered agency. Kalani Kaanaana was promoted to brand director on July 1. Kaanaana, who joined HTA in 2016, was previously its Director […]

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70% of residents now support

Skift grip Hawaiians know that tourism itself is good for development, according to the latest survey, but they also want solutions and action. Acting quickly is crucial. Lebawit Lily Girma, Skift More than 70% of respondents in Hawaii’s popular island destinations said tourism was worth the hassle associated with the industry, according to a new […]

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Hawaii tourism reset: Finding the middle ground : Travel Weekly

There is an application for that As Hawaii officials turn to technology to improve management of the state’s most visited attractions, hotel companies are also turning to algorithms, artificial intelligence and smartphone apps to improve the experience. customer. Many initiatives were already in development before the pandemic, but the implementation of social distancing rules has […]

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Ige plans to veto bill that transfers tax revenue from Hawaii Tourism Authority and counties

Governor David Ige today announced his intention to veto a measure that would make functional changes to the Hawaii Tourism Authority and eliminate the transient lodging tax distribution to the agency as well than to individual counties. House Bill 862, passed this legislative session through an 11th-hour dump-and-replace effort, sought to eliminate the county’s $103 […]

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Staffing, pandemic restrictions affecting services in Hawaii’s tourism industry

HONOLULU (KHON2) – Many did not expect tourism to pick up as quickly as it did. Businesses face the challenge of staffing and balancing the restrictions still in place. Download the KHON2 app to iOS Where android to stay informed of the latest Hawaii news Some visitors have noticed shifts in service at restaurants and […]

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Hawaii tourism officials call for a more sustainable industry

HONOLULU (AP) — As people flock to Hawaii after more than a year of pandemic travel restrictions, some industry experts are calling for more eco-friendly and sustainable forms of tourism. Crowded neighborhoods, highways and beaches have renewed calls for changes in the tourism industry, Hawaii Public Radio reported Wednesday. Hawaii in 2019 saw a record […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority Unveils Interactive Data Page

HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced Thursday, June 10 that its Tourism Research Division has launched a new interactive tool that provides a quick overview of tourism-related information and data. The tool includes visitor statistics, Hawaii hotel reports, Hawaii vacation rental performance reports, quarterly Hawaii timeshare surveys, and geolocation data. There are […]

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Hawaii tourism officials call for more sustainable industry | Hawaii News

HONOLULU (AP) — As people flock to Hawaii after more than a year of pandemic travel restrictions, some industry experts are calling for more eco-friendly and sustainable forms of tourism. Crowded neighborhoods, highways and beaches are renewing calls for changes in the tourism industry, Hawaii Public Radio reported Wednesday. In 2019, Hawaii saw a record […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority donates $100,000 to Kauai Shuttle, offers other aid after rental car shortage

Rental car shortages and other transportation issues have become such a problem for Hawaii’s visitor industry that the Hawaii Tourism Authority is supporting the development of shuttles in Kauai and Maui and has compiled a list alternative ground transportation options for visitors. The Hawaii Tourism Authority said Tuesday it had created a list of alternative […]

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Hawaii’s tourism sector’s long road back to normal

Hawaii’s all-important tourism sector is rebounding, but the state’s exit from its pandemic-sized hole is progressing more slowly. Why is this important: Hawaii’s tourism-dependent labor market suffered one of the country’s worst hits last year. Its unemployment rate peaked near the highest level of any state. It has since recovered, but remains the highest in […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority rushes to avoid losing $18 million in special funds

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The rush is on. The Hawaii Tourism Authority Board of Directors on Thursday gave staff approval to advance 15 projects totaling $18 million to ensure the funds do not revert to the state. HTA staff are now trying to encumber funds either by creating purchase orders […]

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The pace of Hawaii’s tourism recovery surprises even experts

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii’s tourism recovery is ahead of schedule – even though international tourism has yet to come back strong. The state now expects visitor arrivals to reach 6.6 million this year, or 64% of arrivals from 2019. Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO John De Fries said he didn’t expect the rate […]

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Bill cuts source of funding for Hawaii Tourism Authority

Let’s go. The state legislature has thrown Governor David Ige a scheme that jeopardizes funding for the Hawaii Tourism Authority. What happens next will determine the fate of HTA. The agency enjoyed wide support when it was set up in 1998 to help the tourism industry weather a seven-year crisis after the Japanese bubble burst. […]

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Here’s why it’s so hard to reshape Hawaii’s tourism industry

As recently as early 2020, before COVID-19 wrecked the state’s economy, Hawaii was grappling with a very different problem than today’s economic challenges. The question then was what to do with the ever-increasing hordes of tourists. The 250,000 visitors to Hawaii each day were equivalent to nearly one-fifth of the state’s population. And residents’ attitudes […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority Announces New Board Members

Hawaii Tourism Authority welcomes Dylan Ching to its board of directors Hawaii Tourism Authority welcomes Keith “Keone” Downing to its board of directors Hawaii Tourism Authority welcomes Sigmund “Sig” Zane to its Board of Directors the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is pleased to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors: Oahu and Kauai […]

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Hawaii tourism only expected to increase for summer trips

HONOLULU (KHON2) — Travel isn’t expected to slow down any time soon, but at least demand for rental cars on Oahu is starting to level off. This is not the case in other popular destinations such as Maui. The surge in car rentals at Paradise Rent-A-Car a few weeks ago is on the decline. Rental […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority Bill Goes to Full Senate | News, Sports, Jobs

HILO (AP) — Two state Senate committees have voted to advance a House bill that would reconfigure how the aerospace industry is run in Hawaii with amendments that some say limit functions and resources from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The bill originally sought to eliminate the state’s Office of Aerospace Development, Aerospace Advisory […]

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Frustrated residents push back as Hawaii tourism resumes

Kai Nishiki and other frustrated Maui residents woke up early Saturday and armed themselves with lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels to storm Wailea Beach and fend off growing ranks of tourists flocking to the island , surpassing the popular places locals have grown accustomed to. themselves after COVID-19 all but shut down the visitor industry. […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority bill introduced in full Senate

HILO, Hawaii (AP) — Two state Senate committees have voted to advance a House bill that would reconfigure how the aerospace industry is run in Hawaii with amendments that some say limit the functions and Hawaii Tourism Authority resources. The bill originally sought to eliminate the state’s Office of Aerospace Development, Aerospace Advisory Committee and […]

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Abolition and Replacement Bill Threatens Hawaii Tourism Authority Funding

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! The Hawaii Tourism Authority, the agency tasked with leading the recovery of tourism to the islands, is at risk of losing funding again due to 11 a.m. maneuvers in the state legislature. Some Hawaii senators introduced a version of the HB 862 (808ne.ws/HB862) that guts the […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority Releases ‘Regenerative Tourism’ Action Plan

A new plan for tourism on the Big Island highlights the potential for using sustainable tourism to preserve and improve resource management on the island. The Hawaii Tourism Authority released an Island of Hawaii Destination Management Action Plan on Wednesday, developed in partnership with Hawaii County and the Hawaii Island Visitors Bureau. , for the […]

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82% of visitors are satisfied with their trip (Update)

The vast majority of visitors rated their trip as “Excellent 92% of visitors said their trip to Hawaii exceeded or met their expectations 85% of respondents said the pre-travel testing requirements went well for them the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) released the results of a special tracking study, which surveyed visitors from the continental United […]

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Tourism in Hawaii is gaining momentum | Honolulu Star-Announcer

Despite the slump in January and February, Hawaii’s visitor industry turned the corner and took off. Jack Richards, president and CEO of Pleasant Holidays, said that over the past two weeks the company has seen bookings and trips to Hawaii increase by 30%. “We haven’t seen Hawaii travel demand this strong in over a year,” […]

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Is tourism in Hawaii approaching pre-pandemic levels?

Hawaii may be closer than originally thought when it comes to bringing tourists back to pre-pandemic levels. Tourism in Hawaii saw a solid increase in air travel last week, thanks to spring break, when nearly 30,000 visitors arrived over a three-day period. While that’s still well below the average of 30,000 travelers who come to […]

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Low COVID-19 rate key to restoring tourism in Hawaii

The low number of COVID-19 cases in Hawaii and the acceleration of the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines should play a key role in the recovery of tourism in Hawaii, which should be boosted next month when Kauai joins the Safe Travels program. Hawaii. State Department of Health officials reported one new coronavirus-related death in Maui […]

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VIDEO: Hawaii tourism leaders push for vaccine passport

Mufi Hannemann, President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism and Hospitality Association, and Jeff Wagoner, CEO of Outrigger Hospitality Group, joined Spotlight Hawaii this morning to talk about the state tourism in Hawaii. Nearly a year since the pandemic took hold on the islands, hotel occupancy rates are hovering around 20% and many tourism-related businesses […]

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Pandemic leads to sharp drop in tourism to Hawaii, with arrivals down 75%

Hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaiian tourism entered 2021 in critical condition with visitor arrivals down 74% from the previous year, according to preliminary statistics released Thursday by the Tourism Authority. from Hawaii. The agency reported 2.7 million visitor arrivals in 2020, when tourism halted in mid-March as the virus took hold here and around […]

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Coronavirus pandemic drives sharp drop in Hawaii tourism with arrivals down 75%

Hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hawaiian tourism entered 2021 in critical condition with visitor arrivals down 74% from the previous year, according to preliminary statistics released Thursday by the Tourism Authority. from Hawaii. The agency reported 2.7 million visitor arrivals in 2020, when tourism halted in mid-March as the virus took hold here and around […]

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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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John De Fries Named President and CEO of Hawaii Tourism Authority

John De Fries has been named the new president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), effective September 16. De Fries – who is the first native Hawaiian named president and CEO of HTA and was chosen from more than 300 applicants – will replace Chris Tatum, who retired after a 40-year career in […]

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Hawaii Tourism Authority hires John De Fries, the first Hawaiian to lead the agency

The Hawaii Tourism Authority hired its first Native Hawaiian president and CEO. Tourism industry veteran John De Fries is set to start on September 16. Under the terms of his contract, his base salary is $270,000 with an automatic 5% increase for each full year of the contract. He replaces Chris Tatum, who left his […]

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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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Hawaii Tourism Reveals Impressive Visitor Numbers for 2018

WHY IT RATES: The tourism market in Hawaii remains healthy with increased spending and visitation supporting a growing number of jobs in the state. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent $17.82 billion in 2018, a 6.8% increase from 2017, according to preliminary year-end statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism […]

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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 […]