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Hawaii Tourism aims to transform how visitors think about island vacations

The Hawaii Tourism Authority wants to change the way visitors think about island vacations. Nearly a year after the debut of its new Malama Hawaii campaign, the HTA plans a large-scale rollout of its new brand image with education for the travel industry as well as visitors. THE ADVERTISEMENT The organization wants visitors to consider […]

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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 officials seek to attract ‘mindful, respectful and high-value’ travelers

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) hopes to rebrand the islands to attract “conscious, respectful and high-value travelers” this year, after seeking $60 million in state funding to help promote more responsible tourism. According to Honolulu Civil BeatGovernor David Ige and his administration requested the money to focus on promoting environmental and cultural programs that travelers […]

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What Travel Advisors Need to Know About Hawaii Tourism Right Now

Hawaii reopened to visitors from the mainland in October, but visiting isn’t as simple as booking a hotel for guests and buying plane tickets to the islands. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, traveling isn’t as easy as it used to be and won’t be for a long time. In fact, the CDC is currently advising […]

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Proposals to Re-Solicit for Hawaii Tourism Marketing and Management in the United States

Published on 30 December 2021 in News For immediate release: December 30, 2021 HONOLULU—The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) issued a request for proposals in October for a contractor to provide tourism destination marketing and brand management services in the United States, Hawaii’s largest visitor market, effective January 1, 2022. At the end of a months-long […]

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Tourism in Hawaii continues to do well. But Omicron is there

Tourism leaders are taking a ‘wait and see’ approach as the specter of the omicron variant raises fresh concerns of a recovery in tourism in the first half of 2022, which prior to the emergence of the variant was looming as equal to 2018 . After falling to virtually zero during the worst days of […]

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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 sees hope as cruise ships and meetings return

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Group, Viking and Resident at Sea have expressed interest in resuming cruises to Hawaii in 2022, ending a nearly two-year hiatus following a no-sail order related to the pandemic from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state Department […]

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Proposed rule for Hawaii tourist board members criticized

HONOLULU (AP) — A proposed rule for Hawaii Tourism Authority board members would have them resign before publicly opposing a board action. The tourism authority’s new code of conduct is part of a reorganization effort after facing legislative scrutiny and community pushback, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Some members of the agency’s permanent administrative committee, which […]

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Proposed Rule for Hawaii Tourist Board Members Criticized | Hawaii News

HONOLULU (AP) — A proposed rule for Hawaii Tourism Authority board members would have them resign before publicly opposing a board action. The tourism authority’s new code of conduct is part of a reorganization effort after facing legislative scrutiny and community pushback, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. Some members of the agency’s permanent administrative committee, which […]

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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 leaders await Governor David Ige’s travel announcement this week

HONOLULU (KHON2) — During the Delta surge this summer, Gov. David Ige told visitors not to come to Hawaii until October, and the tourism industry took a hit. “Restaurants have reported seeing a 50% to 60% loss. Attractions are seeing $30 million in reservation cancellations across the board,” explained Mufi Hannemann, president and CEO of […]

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Hawaii’s tourism industry expects gradual return of visitors from Japan

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) — As Japanese authorities ease COVID restrictions across the country, Hawaii’s tourism industry can expect a rebound. But industry leaders predict the return of Japanese travelers will be gradual, and it will take some time before Hawaii’s economy feels the positive effects. At the height of the pandemic, the number of Japanese visitors […]

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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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Proposed international COVID rules bring hope to Hawaii tourism

An announcement by the Biden administration that it will adopt new international travel policies as early as November will not immediately solve the global travel crisis in Hawaii, which is still down 97% from the pre-pandemic period. However, some members of the Hawaii visitor industry say it’s a signal that the long-awaited recovery for international […]

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Hawaii’s tourism industry could benefit from new federal rules | Hawaii News

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 halted travel last year. Last week, the White House announced a relaxation of rules that previously barred some foreign travelers from coming to the United States. Now […]

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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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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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Hawaii Tourism Industry Mixed Over Governor’s Viral Message | Hawaii News

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s tourism industry officials are having a mixed reaction to Gov. David Ige’s call that people not travel to the islands due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. 19. The governor made the comments Monday as hospitals across the state fill with record numbers of coronavirus patients. “It’s a risky time to […]

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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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Traveler complaints rise as Hawaii tourism rebounds

Hawaiian Airlines has significantly improved its financial performance this year, but the carrier has struggled to manage the negative impact the U.S. travel rebound has had on its call center wait times. It’s been about 10 months since Safe Travels, Hawaii’s traveler entry program, reopened tourism to the Hawaiian Islands. However, travelers calling the Hawaii […]

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Hawaii Tourism Board Plans To Cut Oahu Visitor Numbers | Hawaii News

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 […]

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Hawaii tourism agency plans to reduce visitor numbers to Oahu

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, the Honolulu star advertiser reported Friday. Hawaii Tourism […]

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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 Funds Pilot Program to Mitigate Visitor Impacts in Pololu Valley

Job : July 9, 2021 / 11:27 a.m. HST / Update: Jul 9, 2021 / 5:24 PM HST HONOLULU (KHON2) – The Pololu Valley is a historic area in North Kohala on the Big Island with the lookout, trail and coastal shoreline as popular attractions. With the recent influx of visitors to the area, the […]

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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 […]