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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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. […]