Hawaii tourism

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 of Marketing Management, both leading consultants to the Hawaii tourism industry, provided their unique perspective on the situation.

Pamala Taylor from Sunisland Hawaiii, an international DMC, gave an industry perspective. She highlighted challenges with privacy laws in Europe and the United States, restrictions, providers she can no longer use, and more. All participants focused on a new kind of Hawaiian tourism.

The COVID reality for Hawaii today:

In just 6 days, the positivity rate in Hawaii doubled, and that double can double again and again in quick succession.

Today Hawaii recorded an extremely high level 797 new cases of COVID infections and two deaths. A year ago, 100 new cases caused full lockdowns.

It appears Hawaii and most other destinations in the United States and beyond are becoming immune to news of the continued spread of the virus. The argument is that hospitalization rates have gone down and Omicron may not be that bad, but as a Hawaii health department official explained, a small percentage of a large number is always a very large number.

The CDC recommends everyone get vaccinated. Hawaii Governor Ige, however, declined to make the booster a requirement in the definition of “fully immunized.”

According to the Hawaii Department of Health, there are not enough home testing kits available in the state.

The Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) urges everyone to exercise caution and celebrate the holidays safely as COVID-19 increases.

According to a press release issued today by the DOH, the 797 new cases of COVID-19 reported today represent the highest number of cases in more than three months.

The 7-day average of new cases has risen from 101 ten days ago to 297 today. The positivity rate has gone from 1.4% ten days ago to 4.2% today.

“These figures reflect a worrying trend. The Delta variant, the Omicron variant, large gatherings, increased travel and vacation gatherings seem to be fueling the surge,” said Chief Health Officer Dr. Elizabeth Char, FACEP.

To date, 31 confirmed cases involving the Omicron variant have been identified in Hawai’i. While the 31 cases of Omicron detected so far are on O’ahu, it is reasonable to believe that Omicron has also reached neighboring islands.

“We are continuing to research to understand what we are dealing with, and our best researchers and medical experts are working on it. The mayors and I are discussing what kind of protocols might be needed in the future. The bottom line is this: your life matters. Our mission is to stop the spread. It will take all of us,” Governor David Ige said.

“The presence of the Omicron variant makes vaccination just as important today as ever. Booster shots are increasingly important. If you are eligible for a booster, please get a booster now. Please wear your mask at the indoors and avoiding large crowds. These are proven ways to stay safe,” Char said.

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