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Hawaii’s population depletion exceeds most states – again

A few years ago, despite having the lowest unemployment rate in the country, Hawaii was one of the few states to lose population: a situation so striking that a national newspaper described it with the headline:Hawaii has record unemployment and it’s not a frozen hellscape. Why do people leave?” Population decline continued in the islands, […]

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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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Getting the second half of Hawaii’s population to take the COVID-19 vaccine is a challenge

While Hawaii residents once clamored for who got the first shots for the COVID-19 vaccine, lines these days aren’t necessarily that long and appointments are wide open. After passing the milestone of one million vaccine doses administered, Hawaii health officials now face the challenge of how to inject the second million needed to reach herd […]

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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’s population is growing but at a slower rate, census says

Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! Hawaii’s population has grown 7% over the past decade, and the state has maintained its ranking of 40th among the 50 states, according to the 2020 census, released Monday by the US Census Bureau. The census counted 1,455,271 people in Hawaii, 94,970 more than here at […]

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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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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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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’s population continues to decline

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated that the number of residents leaving Hawaii had doubled in 2020, based on a misinterpretation of data from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii press release, which relied on another source for his numbers. July 1 population figures from the US Census Bureau estimate that Hawaii’s population […]

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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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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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Hawaii tourism reopens to choppy start

The daily number of trans-Pacific arrivals jumped as Hawaii launched a pre-arrival testing program to welcome travelers back. Now, a week after the state’s tourism reopened, visitor arrivals have already begun to level off. The number of visitors coming on vacation or to visit friends stood at 463 on October 14, the day before Hawaii […]

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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 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 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 […]