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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 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 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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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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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 Authority discusses visitor impact on Road to Hana

Job : July 8, 2021 / 1:01 PM HST / Update: July 8, 2021 / 4:15 p.m. HST HONOLULU (KHON2) – The scenic drive to Hana, officially known as the Hana Highway, has long been a point of interest for visitors to Maui. But it’s also an important road for residents of East Maui who […]

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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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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 […]