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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Hawaii Visitor Spending Rose 9 Percent in April 2017
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 1454 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Four Largest Visitor Markets Reported Growth in Spending and Arrivals....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
The case for short-term rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:37 AM :: 1714 Views :: Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...the home sharing economy helps locals deal with Hawaii’s cost of living....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
UHERO County Forecast: Economies Still Growing, But Slowing
By UHERO @ 11:59 PM :: 1374 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Prospects are good for continued growth in each of Hawaii’s four counties, if at a slower pace than in recent years....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Right to Couch Surf: Home-sharing in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:13 PM :: 1731 Views :: Tourism

It's easier than ever before to rent space in your house, but a movement to crack down on home-sharing may threaten this new and evolving industry....

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Visitor Spending Up 12.3% in March 2017
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 1317 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Japan Market Led the Growth in Spending and Arrivals....

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Friday, April 28, 2017
Chaos: Rail Tax Bill Suddenly Turns into ‘Illegal’ 2.75% TAT Hike
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 9:55 PM :: 3065 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Shifting Burden to Hotels Will Hurt Tourism and Employment....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
HTA: Tamp Down all this Rat Lungworm Talk
By News Release @ 4:32 PM :: 1787 Views :: Health Care, Tourism

“To the visitors already in the Hawaiian Islands or planning a trip here in the coming months, there is no need to be overly concerned. Please patronize our restaurants...."

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Friday, April 21, 2017
HTA: Without TVRs Hawaii Would Lose 15% of Tourists
By News Release @ 4:15 PM :: 1819 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

HTA commentary about House Bill 1471 and Senate Bill 704, as they relate to transient accommodations....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Schatz Gins up Phony Investigation to Help Hotel Industry Beat Airbnb
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 PM :: 2674 Views :: Politicians, Tourism

...Schatz asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Airbnb's impact on rising housing costs, at the AHLA's urging....

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Friday, April 07, 2017
DLNR: Waikiki Eco Confab Cost Taxpayers Millions
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 2656 Views :: Environment, Ethics, OHA, Tourism

...and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ponied up $500K buying Kamanao Crabbe the chance to MC the event....

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Friday, April 07, 2017
Time for change at Hawaii’s airports
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:12 PM :: 3334 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Tourism

For Randy Perreira, head of the Hawaii Government Employees Association, the problems at Hawaii’s airports are just a matter of not enough kumbaya....

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Trump Economy: Visitor Spending Increases 11.5% in February 2017
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 1660 Views :: Tourism

...the average daily census rose 4.9 percent to 240,382 visitors per day....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Is Hawaii's Hotel Room Tax Law Obsolete?
By UHERO @ 6:59 PM :: 1579 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

With tax collections falling behind expectations, State lawmakers are pressuring the tax department to increase effort to collect uncollected taxes from internet sales....

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Thursday, March 02, 2017
California Company Helps Hawaii Marijuana Dealers Plan Sales to 9M Tourists
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 2410 Views :: Tourism, Drugs

Company Plans to Expand Customer Base Domestically and Internationally in New Cannabis Markets....

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017
First Month of Trump Economy: Visitor Spending up 10.1%—Arrivals Jump 4.9%
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 1312 Views :: Tourism

Visitor spending increased from U.S. West (+19.8% to $544 million), U.S. East (+6.7% to $433.1 million) and Japan (+26.5% to $200.4 million)....

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Economy: DBEDT Drops 2017 Growth Projection to 1.8%
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 2057 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism
“The downward adjustment in Hawaii’s economic growth for 2017 was mainly due to the new projection on visitor expenditures for 2017”
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Sunday, February 05, 2017
Vacation Rentals: Tax Hike Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 6:47 PM :: 2770 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

There are 20 bills currently on the table dealing with vacation rentals....

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
How Many Tourists is Too Many?
By UHERO @ 2:15 AM :: 1535 Views :: Tourism

Tourists used to stay in designated tourism zones like Waikiki, but now they are everywhere....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
New Tourism Record for 2016 -- 8.9 Million Arrivals
By News Release @ 12:51 AM :: 1294 Views :: Tourism

This marked the fifth straight year of record growth....

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
SB702 Would Punish Short-Term Rentals Like Sexual Assaults
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 AM :: 2298 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, Cost of Living

Hawaii lawmakers want to make unlicensed short-term rentals a class C felony....

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Monday, January 16, 2017
Full Text: New report concludes Airbnb has ‘no material impact’ on Hawaii housing inventory
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 2159 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

Listings booked more than half the year on AirBnB make up only 0.18% of Hawaii housing stock....

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Friday, January 06, 2017
UHERO: Regulating Home-Share Rentals in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 2:08 AM :: 2286 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

Last year nearly one in three U.S. travelers stayed in home-based accommodation units compared to one in ten in 2011....

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Bedbugs: Honolulu Crawls up to 48th in USA
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 2106 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Tourism

Nationally, Orkin's bed bug revenue is up more than 10 percent over last year....

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Thursday, December 29, 2016
America’s Crummy Airports: How to Fix Them?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:41 PM :: 1556 Views :: Tourism

Not a single U.S. airport was ranked in the top 25 airports in the world, and our largest and most important airports scrape the very bottom in terms of customer satisfaction....

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Thursday, December 29, 2016
Visitor Spending Rose for Sixth Straight Month in November
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 1459 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.2 billion in November 2016, a gain of 5.6 percent versus last November....

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Thursday, December 08, 2016
Pew: National Parks in Hawaii Need $133 Million in Maintenance
By Selected News Articles @ 10:27 AM :: 1844 Views :: Environment, Tourism

Here are needed repairs at some national parks in Hawaii....

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Thursday, December 01, 2016
Visitor Spending Increases for Fifth Consecutive Month
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 1231 Views :: Tourism

Visitors to Hawaii spent a total of $1.2 billion in October 2016, a 6.8 percent increase compared to last October....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Does Hawaii Need a "Property Ownership Fairness Act"
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:41 AM :: 2074 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

In Hawaii, this can be seen most starkly with the advent of the "shared" economy....

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Saturday, October 29, 2016
Visitor Spending Increased 10.4% to Record $1.2 Billion for September
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 1667 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...IUCN, Other Conventions Contributed to Strong Showing in September....

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Monday, October 24, 2016
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Home-Sharing
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:35 PM :: 2418 Views :: Land Use, Tourism

Mrs. Sandefur will be speaking on Oahu and Maui on October 24th and 31st respectively....

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Saturday, October 01, 2016
UHERO: Hawaii Growth Downshifting, Building Cycle Approaches Peak
By UHERO @ 1:05 AM :: 2446 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...signs of a slowdown ahead....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Tourism Hits New Record: 19 Consecutive Months of Growth in Arrivals
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 1643 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

A total of 780,723 visitors came to the Hawaiian Islands in August 2016....

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Obama to Sign Bill Funneling Tourism Money to Robin Danner Cronies
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 2639 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Tourism

The NATIVE Act is supported by a coalition of Danner stakeholders including the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homeland Assembly....

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Friday, September 02, 2016
Visitors At The Volcano: Is The NPS Nuts?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:57 PM :: 2315 Views :: Environment, Tourism

... the "compensation culture" ....

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Visitor Arrivals Set All-Time Monthly Record in July 2016
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 1586 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

A total of 835,417 visitors came to the Hawaiian Islands in July 2016....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Airbnb Probably Isn’t Driving Rents Up Much, At Least Not Yet
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 AM :: 2061 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

In Honolulu, Air BnB lists 295 commercial BnB units ....

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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Hyatt Worker Says Hotel Ignored Sex Assault by Saudi
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 2716 Views :: Law Enforcement, Religion, Tourism

Hassan Maan Melhem later pleaded no contest to fourth-degree sexual assault and was given a deferred sentence and probation....

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
TVR in a Ag Condo: Must Your Neighbors Approve?
By Robert Thomas @ 8:12 PM :: 1514 Views :: Tourism

HAWICA Rejects Planning Department's Formalistic Definition Of "Applicant" In Vacation Rental Case....

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Hawaii Court Orders Online Travel Companies to Pay Rental Car Taxes
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 1561 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...expected to be in the millions of dollars....

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
Visitor Arrivals, Expenditures Increased in First Half of 2016
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 1367 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

June 2016 Arrivals Up 4.2 Percent, Expenditures Gained 4.3 Percent....

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Hawaii Timeshares: Highest fees in USA
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 1353 Views :: Tourism

U.S. Vacation Timeshare Industry Shows Increased Growth in 2015: Another Year of Substantial Growth....

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Former AG: Hawaii’s Short-Term Rental Regulation Preempted By Federal Law
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 2823 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

“There are ... concerns about the legality of 2015’s Act 204.... It is our hope that Governor Ige will allow HB 1850 to become law...."

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Friday, July 01, 2016
Tourism: Visitors Up, Spending Down
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 1536 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Average daily spending by Japanese tourists is down 10.1% ....

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Friday, June 10, 2016
Hawaii Dairy Farms Publishes Draft Environmental Impact Statement
By News Release @ 5:15 PM :: 2463 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture, Tourism

The findings of the Draft EIS demonstrate that Hawaii Dairy Farms will be protective of the environment and serve as a model for sustainable agriculture in the Islands.....

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Multi-Year Deal: NFL moving Pro Bowl to Orlando
By Selected News Articles @ 5:39 PM :: 2581 Views :: Tourism

The NFL’s Pro Bowl contract with Hawaii’s tourism authority expires on May 31....

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Friday, May 27, 2016
April 2016: Visitor Expenditures Decline 1.1 Percent
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 1462 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...but total visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands increased 3.4 percent from a year ago to 700,573 visitors....

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Auditor: HTA Lacks Cohesive Marketing Plan
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:59 AM :: 1998 Views :: Tourism

...Follow-Up on Recommendations Made in Report No. 13-09, Audit of Major Contracts and Agreements of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority....

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Tuesday, May 03, 2016
HTA: Visitor Arrivals Set New Record
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 1570 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands in March 2016 set a new record for the month with 786,262....

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Thursday, March 31, 2016
HTA: Visitor Spending up 1.2% for February
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 1600 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total spending by all visitors was $43.3 million per day in February 2016....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Caldwell’s Zoo Loses Accreditation
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 1786 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...the AZA is concerned the city has not provided adequate funding to the zoo on a consistent basis....

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