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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 :: 2951 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 :: 2519 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 :: 1781 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 :: 2305 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 :: 3051 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 :: 1665 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 :: 1719 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 :: 1536 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 :: 1484 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 :: 3050 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 :: 1716 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 :: 2774 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 :: 2821 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 :: 1630 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 :: 2194 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 :: 1741 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 :: 1780 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 :: 2008 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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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Plan to renovate or rebuild Aloha Stadium could become a taxpayer boondoggle
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:24 PM :: 1546 Views :: Tourism

...HB 1847 establishing a Sports & Entertainment Authority and HB 2229 creating a task force to keep the Pro Bowl in Hawaii....

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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Grassroot: Lies, Statistics, and Government Statistics
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:25 PM :: 1336 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Does the Pro Bowl really brings revenue to the state?

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016
Grassroot: Pro Bowl Numbers Don’t Add Up
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:29 AM :: 1763 Views :: Tourism
"Though the HTA claims that the Pro Bowl brings more than 47,000 visitors to the state, independent economists studied the data and place that number closer to 6700."
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Friday, January 29, 2016
Where Do Americans Take Their Retirement Income?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:52 PM :: 1819 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...retirees tend to live in rural or suburban areas with pleasant climates....

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
8.6M–Tourism Sets New Record for 2015
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 1701 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

For the fourth straight year, Hawai‘i’s tourism industry set new records....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Study: HTA Faking Pro Bowl Tourism Numbers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:08 PM :: 2339 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...HTA claimed, up to 47,000 additional tourists visited the Hawaiian islands to watch the game...analysis of flight records at all of Hawaii's airports around game time found that claim to be false....

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Monday, January 25, 2016
Bishop Museum to ‘Focus on Disposition of Assets’
By News Release @ 11:44 AM :: 2478 Views :: Hawaii History, Tourism

This new model prioritizes Bishop Museum's Kapālama campus and...the disposition of assets that no longer fit the long-term mission and goals of the Museum....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Report: Return County TAT Deal to Status Quo Ante
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:16 PM :: 3615 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

Report of the 13-person Working Group....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Real ID Begins Jan 10: Will Washington State Residents Need Passport to Fly to Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:13 PM :: 3406 Views :: Tourism

For California, the passport requirement is set to take effect May 10 ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Hawaii Visitor Arrivals Set New Record for November
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 1974 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Extends streak of nine consecutive monthly records total visitor expenditures increased 2.5 percent....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Bill to drop American Samoa flight fee reaches Senate
By Michael Hansen @ 1:13 PM :: 2622 Views :: National News, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill that would exclude intra-state air transportation within the U.S. Territory of American Samoa from federal aviation cabotage....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
TAT Already Applies to TVRs—but DoTax Not Enforcing it
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 PM :: 2072 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Star-Advertiser is calling for new laws when existing laws aren’t enforced by the state....

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Class Action Suit Filed over Canceled Soccer Game
By Selected News Articles @ 1:25 PM :: 1881 Views :: Tourism

Honolulu residents Roxayne Spruance and Leimomi Dierks brought the suit on Dec. 8 against the United States Soccer Federation, Stadium Authority of the state of Hawaii ....

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Sunday, December 06, 2015
US Soccer Champs Cancel -- Aloha Stadium Unsafe Field
By News Release @ 11:16 AM :: 2027 Views :: Tourism

U.S. Soccer has cancelled the U.S. Women’s National Team Victory Tour match scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6, at Aloha Stadium....

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Thursday, December 03, 2015
Hawaii Hotels Will Collect $271M in “Resort Fees” This Year
By News Release @ 12:37 AM :: 1691 Views :: Tourism

New Study by Travel-Hawaii.com Reveals Rush of Hawaii Hotels to Implement the Fees....

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Wednesday, December 02, 2015
Visitor Arrivals Set New Record, but Spending Drops
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 1709 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands reached a new record for the month of October, with a 4.8 percent growth to 692,930 visitors....

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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Tourism: US Arrivals Make up for Japanese Decline
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 2497 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

The report indicates a shift in the visitor market....

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Saturday, November 07, 2015
What Does "Waikiki" Mean? - Variances, Safety Valves, And A "Hawaiian Sense Of Place"
By Robert Thomas @ 9:17 PM :: 3435 Views :: Environment, Development, Tourism

...Justice Pollack benchslapped the Department on each of the three variance standards....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Visitor Arrivals Reach Record High in September
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 1621 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...an increase of 4.7 percent to 652,616 visitors....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Online Travel Companies Pay $53.1M Hawaii Tax Judgment
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 1645 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

including Travelocity.Com, LLP, Expedia, Inc., Orbitz, LLC, and Priceline.Com, LLP....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
HTA: Visitor Arrivals Set New Record in August
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 1490 Views :: Tourism

There were 1,074,914 total air seats to Hawai‘i in August 2015, up 5.4 percent from the same month last year....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
UHERO: Tourism, Construction Lead Economy
By UHERO @ 4:41 PM :: 2364 Views :: Economy, Rail, Tourism

Tourism is pushing toward new records, and the construction upswing is building in strength....

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Public Comments Invited on Project to Erect Wall Around Ala Wai Canal
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 2213 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Tourism

The meeting will be held at Washington Middle School from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Weds Sept 30....

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Friday, September 11, 2015
Sen Ted Cruz Backs Airline Deregulation for American Samoa
By Michael Hansen @ 9:22 PM :: 2433 Views :: Republican Party, Tourism

The US territories cannot vote in the presidential election, but are able to vote in selecting a candidate for the Republican and Democratic parties in their local caucuses....

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Friday, September 11, 2015
Media Monopoly Grabs for Tourism Market
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 1264 Views :: Tourism

Francis stressed that Hawaii.com will complement, not compete against, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau’s (HVCB) GoHawaii.com site....

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
After Lying, Caldwell Admin Finally Admits Waikiki Flooding is Purely Due to City's own Incompetence
By Selected News Articles @ 2:00 AM :: 4056 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Tourism

... Caldwell 'Running from Controversy', 'Wasn't Around' During Crisis, 'Not the First Time' ....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
HTA: July Tourist Arrivals Up 5.6%, Spending Up 4%
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 1750 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Higher daily spending contributed to increased visitor expenditures on Maui (+7.2% to $2.6 billion) and Kaua‘i (+16.3% to $981 million). Visitor expenditures on O‘ahu ($4.2 billion) and Hawai‘i Island ($1.1 billion) were comparable to a year ago....

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Travel Technology Industry Applauds Maui's Proactive Approach to Short-term Rentals
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 2204 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

The Travel Technology Association supports formal regulations that legalize short-term rentals....

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Sunday, August 09, 2015
HTA "Will Continue to Monitor the Jones Act"
By Michael Hansen @ 12:05 AM :: 2152 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

HTA has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a cruise development consultant....

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Friday, July 31, 2015
Travel Taxes: The Hidden Trifecta
By NCPA @ 11:50 PM :: 2017 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Hotel occupancy taxes also appear to eat into the budget tourists set for their vacation trips. Such an effect was empirically observed in Hawaii in 2013....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
HTA: Visitor Arrivals, Spending Up in First Half of 2015
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 1681 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands rose 4% and visitor spending increased 3.5%....

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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Visitor Arrivals Jump 9.3%
By News Release @ 11:18 PM :: 1795 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total Visitor Expenditures Increased 10.4 Percent to $1.2 Billion....

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