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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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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 […]

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Hawaii’s tourism industry could benefit from new federal rules

HONOLULU (AP) — New federal rules for international travelers are expected to help Hawaii’s crippled tourism industry. The state’s international market has been almost non-existent since the pandemic largely halted travel last year. Last week, the White House relaxed rules that previously barred some foreign travelers from coming to the United States. Foreign visitors can […]

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Hawaiian Airlines says Travel Pono amid surge in Hawaii tourism

Amid calls from state officials for tourism to slow down in Hawaii, Hawaiian Airlines has released a new video informing those traveling to the islands about how they can respect the sacred land, culture and community when traveling their visit. In the video, five crew members talk about the airline’s goal of traveling to Pono, […]

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Reduced hours, layoffs and furloughs resume in Hawaii tourism as federal backstop disappears

A drop in visitor arrivals to Hawaii due to the spread of the delta variant and COVID-19 containment measures is creating a new round of layoffs, furloughs and reduced hours in the tourism sector just as the Federal unemployment assistance ends. Hawaii saw a small spike in travelers for the Labor Day holiday, but not […]

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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]