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 planning director Caroline Anderson said the plan will be implemented over the next three years.
“We believe that if residents aren’t happy, visitors will feel it and won’t have a good experience on the island,” Anderson said.
The agency’s president and chief executive, John De Fries, said he doesn’t yet know what the tourism cap should be.
“I think the priority element for us to get to that response is to get illegal housing under control,” De Fries said. “We see this as No. 1. I’m encouraged that each of the counties is making this a bigger priority on each of their islands.
The plan also includes a “regenerative tourism” tax that supports environmental resources and allows the tourism agency to better monitor trails and other natural sites.
Additionally, the plan aims to manage visitors’ use of cars as a mode of transportation on the island.
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