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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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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’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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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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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 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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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’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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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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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 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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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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More bad news for Hawaii tourism

The coastline of Honolulu, Hawaii. Getty Just before Labor Day weekend kicked off last Thursday, 25 mind-blowing hospitality businesses in Hawaii filed notices of mass dismissal and furlough to the state, informing them of their intention to lay off hundreds of workers in the next 30 days. According to local media, the move signals a […]

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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 […]