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Friday, October 22, 2021
County TAT could further debilitate Hawaii tourism
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:06 PM :: 135 Views :: Economy, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is still in a state of emergency, tourism has slowed, businesses are closing and unemployment is high. The economy will take years to recover ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Hawaii Hotel RevPAR Down 13.5% from 2019
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 2:39 PM :: 193 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... When compared to September 2019, statewide ADR was higher in September 2021 but RevPAR was lower due to less occupancy ....

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Friday, October 15, 2021
UHERO: Hawaii Needs to Focus on Developing Good Governance in Managing Tourism
By UHERO @ 12:14 AM :: 409 Views :: Tourism

... a difficult obstacle stands in the way of achieving the HTA action plans:  “HTA lacks authority over state and county agencies.” ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
HART Makes Up Its Voting Rules
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 713 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... The memo concludes that the State did not have the power under the Hawaii Constitution to provide for four extra HART board members.  Thus, we can basically ignore the extra folks and conduct business as if they weren’t around ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
BLNR Rejects Aquarium Fishing EIS
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 593 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Six board members voted to deny the FEIS, and one abstained ....

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
DLNR Targets 'Renegade' Weddings
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 729 Views :: Kauai County, Religion, Tourism

"If you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time you might suffer the scorn of residents, you could get cited, and there are 'other things' that can go wrong.”

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
RFP: HTA to Seek 'Politically Correct' Tourists Only
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 976 Views :: Tourism

"...The RFP’s scope of services has been modified to include destination management services, in alignment with HTA’s new vision of Malama Kuu Home (caring for my beloved home) through the principles of regenerative tourism. HTA’s objective is to help empower the community to have a greater voice in tourism’s future, with a focus on regenerating the environment, perpetuating the Hawaiian culture, recognizing Hawaii’s multiethnic cultures, and supporting responsible economic outcomes...."

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Saturday, October 2, 2021
Maui Council Approves 3% TAT Hike--Will use Money to buy 'Open Space'
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 813 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... In anticipation of the new tax, the council also passed on first reading today a bill to increase anticipated revenue for the Open Space Fund ....

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Thursday, September 30, 2021
Tourism Down 22% from August 2019
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 8:36 PM :: 446 Views :: Tourism

... A total of 722,393 visitors arrived by air service to the Hawaiian Islands in August 2021 vs 926,417 visitors in August 2019.....

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
HTA: Vacation Rentals Decline Sharply from 2019 Records
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 528 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

... In August 2021, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 616,900 unit nights (+73.0% vs. 2020, -32.7% vs. 2019) ....

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Friday, September 24, 2021
UHERO: Delta Wave Swamps Tourism
By News Release @ 5:33 PM :: 649 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

"... we are in for a period of weakness before growth resumes late in the year. The end to federal fiscal support will weigh on recovery going forward, and a full return to pre-pandemic conditions remains several years down the road ...."

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Friday, September 24, 2021
HDoT Revokes Plan to Terminate Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 4:39 AM :: 636 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Members from the HDOT, U.S. Army, Congress, Executive Office, Legislature, Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA), tenants and community members have been meeting every few weeks for the past nine months as a collaborative effort to help save the airfield ....

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Monday, September 20, 2021
August 2021 vs 2019: Hotel Revenues Up, Occupancy Down
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 11:04 PM :: 467 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... In August 2021, passengers arriving from out-of-state could bypass the State’s mandatory 10-day self-quarantine if they were fully vaccinated ....

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Monday, September 20, 2021
Study: Tourists will Spend More if Experience Seems 'Authentic' and 'Sustainable'
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 487 Views :: Tourism

... this is a sales pitch for less tourism ....

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Sunday, September 5, 2021
Counties, You’re TAT Collectors Now
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 938 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... HB 862 makes no provision whatsoever for joint collection. The counties are on their own ....

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021
HTA Publishes Three Year Plan to Reduce Tourism
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 1030 Views :: Tourism

... The community-based plan is part of HTA’s work toward Malama Kuu Home (caring for my beloved home) and its accelerated efforts underway to manage tourism in a regenerative manner ....

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Monday, August 30, 2021
Tourists Spent $1.58B in July
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 531 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Visitor spending decreased compared to $1.70 billion (-6.8%) in July 2019....

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Monday, August 30, 2021
Hotel Occupancy Hits 82.4%
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 687 Views :: Tourism

... Compared with July 2019, RevPAR was 16.9 percent higher, driven by increased ADR (+21.0%) which offset slightly lower occupancy (-2.9 percentage points) ....

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Tourist Busted after Lifting Turtle out of Sea and not Eating it
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 1428 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... tourist fails to uphold traditional Hawaiian cultural practices ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
​City submits revised short-term rental bill to Planning Commission
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 1139 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... would not allow any new STRs in residential areas, but allow STRs adjacent to existing resort areas ....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
From "E komo mai" to "Stay away"?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:45 PM :: 1385 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is more than happy to tax the golden goose of tourism. But when it comes to feeding, caring for and cleaning up after it, we can’t seem to get on the same page ....

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Friday, July 30, 2021
Victorino signs agreements with Expedia and Airbnb to curb illegal TVRs
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 1119 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

... Both platforms will now require host-provided tax map key numbers to appear on online listings ....

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
Blaisdell Center awarded Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
By News Release @ 6:11 PM :: 954 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism, COVID-19

... Blaisdell Center was recently awarded $3,056,261.58 ....

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
June 2021: 791K Tourists Arrive, Spend $1.44B
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 926 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Compared to June 2019, visitor spending decreased 11.9 percent from $1.63 billion ....

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Vacation Rental Use up 910% from 2020
By News Release @ 10:41 AM :: 1041 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

... but down 32.9% vs. 2019 ....

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Locals to be Allowed Back in to Hanauma Bay
By News Release @ 10:34 AM :: 1137 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Tourism

... an effort to accommodate local residents, while maintaining the improved marine environment ....

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Monday, July 26, 2021
Maui Tourism Recovery Brings Bond Upgrades
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 746 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... Moody’s cites the Aa1 rating “reflects the continued economic recovery of Maui driven by the rebound of tourism-related activity” ....

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Where's the aloha for Hawaii bar owners?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:51 PM :: 1204 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s bars might be among those that have suffered the most under the confusing COVID-19 tier system ....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Mayor Victorino vetoes hotel construction moratorium bill
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 1186 Views :: Maui County, Development, Tourism

"... concerned about unintended consequences such as pushing hospitality developments into communities outside of Maui’s resort areas ...."

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Monday, July 19, 2021
Ha'ena 'Adaptive Tourism' Plan Starts with Lots of Expensive Parking Tickets
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 1028 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... The HSP Master Plan caps daily visitation at Hāʻena to 900 people ....

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
​How an 1886 maritime law is holding back U.S. tourism
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1202 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... Some old laws have withstood the test of time. Some haven’t ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
2021 Legislature: DLNR Scores Fees and Positions
By News Release @ 9:33 PM :: 1105 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Tourism

... State lawmakers and DLNR leaders believe the 2021 legislative session was the most productive and effective for natural and cultural resources protection and support of any in recent decades ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
COVID Spying: CLEAR Health Pass Gains Access to ALL of Your Medical Records
By News Release @ 6:00 AM :: 3876 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

"... I was asked to release all my medical records from Kaiser Permanente to CLEAR, not just the results of the vaccination ...." 

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Friday, July 9, 2021
HB862: State Tourism Policy a Schizophrenic Mish-Mash
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:06 PM :: 1318 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... If you want to find something that perfectly captures Hawaii’s schizophrenic tourism policy, you couldn’t do much better than House Bill 862 .... 

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
Hana Hwy: HTA asks visitors to travel with tour companies
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 1005 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... HDOT announced in a press release on June 10 that it has installed approximately 70 “no parking” signs on Hana Highway ....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Senators Override Five Ige Vetoes--More to Come
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 1193 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Tourism

... The Senate will reconvene on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 3:00pm to reconsider a potential veto override of HB53 and vote on proposed floor amendments to meet the Governor’s objections in his veto message for HB54, HB1299 and SB589 ....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Ige Announces Final 26 Vetoes
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 1222 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... Ige announced that he has vetoed 26 of the 28 bills on his Intent to Veto list ....

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Go X Celebrates Hawai‘i’s Electric Foot Scooter Law
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 1271 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

... Electric foot scooter bill signed into law (Act 174) ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Akina rides with Perry & The Posse to lament the 'tracks of our tiers'
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 1321 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

“Just when you think we’d reached the prize, somebody moves our cheese. But what that really shows is a lack of transparency about the tier system.”

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Hawaii Vaccination Exception Program Begins July 8
By News Release @ 4:43 AM :: 1352 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The Safe Travels digital platform is now allowing vaccine document uploads for trips arriving in Hawaiʻi on July 8 and beyond ....

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Thursday, July 1, 2021
​City Doubles Hanauma Bay Entrance Fee to $25 per Tourist
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 1054 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... $25 entrance fee effective July 1 for non-locals 13 years and older ....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
​Funding the Hawaii Tourism Authority: TAT vs General Fund…Or?
By UHERO @ 12:04 AM :: 1002 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... According to the U.S. Travel Association, fourteen state tourism offices are funded either partly or entirely by a statewide lodging tax ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
630,000 Tourist Arrivals in May, 2021
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 959 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... When compared to 2019, visitor arrivals in May 2021 were down 25.7 percent from the May 2019 count of 847,396 visitors, and visitor spending decreased 22.2 percent from the $1.41 billion spent in May 2019 ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
89% of Tourists 'Fully Vaccinated'
By News Release @ 10:58 PM :: 1074 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... Repeat visitors were more likely to be fully vaccinated along with college graduates and those with household incomes above $100,000 ....

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Sunday, June 27, 2021
Secret Tax Relief for Hotels on Maui?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1285 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Taxes, Tourism

“...the coronavirus pandemic has challenged the County to make many unprecedented decisions. One such decision was to reduce the Assessed Values of Hotel and Resort properties due to the catastrophic drops in occupancy experienced by that industry....”

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Friday, June 25, 2021
HTA Poll Shows New Residents Like Tourists the Least
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 5:04 AM :: 1402 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... the highest percentage of respondents who said they do not think tourism is worth the issues came from residents ... who have lived in Hawaii for less than one year ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
No Quarantine for Vaccinated Mainland Travelers Starting July 8
By News Release @ 10:24 PM :: 1326 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Gov. David Ige announced that effective July 8, the State of Hawai‘i will eliminate its pre-travel testing/quarantine requirement for domestic travelers to Hawai‘i who have been fully vaccinated in the United States ....

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Friday, June 18, 2021
Hawaii Pre-Travel Testing Program Expands to French Polynesia
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 993 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Hawaii - Tahiti flights begin Aug 7 ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
UHERO: Should the Counties Get a Share of the Transient Accommodation Tax?
By UHERO @ 11:05 PM :: 1072 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... The Legislature’s decision to strip the county’s share of TAT revenues is certainly a stark change from just a few years ago ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Blangiardi: I Support HB862 -- 3% TAT Hike for Counties
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 1033 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

"...I support HB 862 as it provides the City the option of restoring a revenue base which has been lost – allowing us to continue services to our people...."

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