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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’s population declines for fifth straight year

For the fifth consecutive year, Hawaii’s population has declined, according to the annual report of the United States Census Bureau. population estimates. From July 2020 to July 2021, Hawaii’s population decreased from 1,451,911 to 1,441,553. This is a population decrease of 10,358 or 0.7%. Hawaii ranks fourth in the country for the highest population decline. […]

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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 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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What could the delta variant mean for Hawaiian tourism?

For much of the pandemic, the state of Hawaii had the highest unemployment rate in the nation, largely due to declining tourism. Then this summer, as more and more people got vaccinated, tourism picked up so much that the mayor of maui asked fewer visitors come to the island. Now the delta variant is spreading […]

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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 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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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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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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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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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’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 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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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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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, […]