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Friday, September 11, 2015
Media Monopoly Grabs for Tourism Market
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 1343 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 :: 4233 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 :: 1871 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 :: 2293 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 :: 2268 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 :: 2122 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 :: 1804 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 :: 1879 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

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

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Saturday, June 20, 2015
$418M 'Clean Energy' Tax Hike: Fewer flights and fewer visitors to Hawaii would be expected
By Andrew Walden @ 6:26 PM :: 5359 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tourism, Cost of Living

...it is OK that their plan would gut the tourism industry because it would also drive Hawaii's cost of living up to the point where residents could no longer afford to leave....

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Monday, June 08, 2015
Travel Assoc: FAA Bill before Congress Should Cut Taxes on Airfares
By News Release @ 12:42 PM :: 1811 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Organization presents comprehensive policy platform to lower aviation taxes, promote airline competition and fix air travel infrastructure in coming FAA reauthorization....

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Sunday, June 07, 2015
UHERO: Neighbor Island Tourism Still Has Room to Grow
By UHERO @ 3:08 PM :: 2423 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Tourism will see additional healthy gains on the Neighbor Islands for the next two years, before rising occupancy and costs begin to bring down growth rates, something that has already occurred on Oahu....

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Sunday, June 07, 2015
Whither the Resort Fee?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2446 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

By adding a resort fee of $25 to a room rate of $125, the hotel brings in $150 per night but it can advertise a $125 room rate....

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015
Deja vu: Offshore wind plan vs. whales and solar
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 3493 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tourism

Today’s newspaper front page reports on an offshore wind energy proposal that brings back memories of a similar plan way back in 2008....

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Inside the Government’s Push to Regulate Short-Term Rental Industry
By Heritage Foundation @ 3:33 PM :: 2200 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

On June 15, when the law goes into effect, Santa Monica will see a drastic reduction in its Airbnb options, banning 1,400 of about 1,700 vacation rentals available on home sharing websites....

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Rusting Windfarm Junk off Waikiki: Europe's Disaster Coming to Hawaiian Waters
By Selected News Articles @ 11:51 PM :: 6906 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Tourism
“The Southern area will be visible from Waikiki beach....  The eastern area is equally visible from the southeastern part of Oahu and will be part of the sunrise...."
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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Turtle Bay Deal Announced
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 3960 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development, Tourism

“The proposed bill will give the state the beach front property around Kawela Bay in fee simple for $35 million...."

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
DLNR Seeks Comment on 2015 Outdoor Recreation Plan
By News Release @ 10:21 AM :: 2246 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...5-year strategic plan for outdoor recreation....

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Friday, March 27, 2015
Total Visitor Expenditures Decrease 4.3%
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 1756 Views :: Tourism

...Average daily visitor spending (-6.4% to $194 per person) was lower compared to last February....

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
TAT: Tourist Dollars not an Infinite Resource
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:37 AM :: 1975 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

HB 169 would gradually raise the transient accommodations tax for resort time share vacation units to 9.25%....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Online Travel Companies Win Big Before Hawaii Supreme Court
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 3518 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...Hawaii’s Supreme Court ruled decisively in favor of online travel companies....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Who Needs Tax Hike? DLNR: Waikiki Erosion Caused by Weather Anomaly
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 2449 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

...Sand Should Return with Trade Winds....

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Monday, March 02, 2015
Hawaii the extortionate state--Vacation Rental Bills Violate NAFTA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:32 PM :: 3788 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

Ownership of a Hawaiian vacation rental has become a dangerous investment....

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Friday, February 27, 2015
Tourism: Visitors, Expenditures Drop
By News Release @ 5:46 AM :: 1904 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Japanese arrivals decreased 4.9 percent to 110,969 visitors....

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Friday, February 20, 2015
HB 825 Provides Little Incentive for Illegal Vacation Rentals to Register
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:32 PM :: 4283 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...the effect of this bill is to burden the compliant small businesses and owner/operator establishments by creating a system that favors larger rental companies and hotels....

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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Hotels as Renters
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2566 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Sales taxes in most states leave rent alone, but our General Excise Tax (GET) taxes it....

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Saturday, February 07, 2015
Creating "Paradise of the Pacific": How Tourism Began in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 4:59 AM :: 2343 Views :: Hawaii History, Jones Act, Tourism

...the early years of one of the most successful tourist destinations in the world, Hawaii, from about 1870 to 1940....

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Friday, February 06, 2015
Hawaiian Airlines: 'Deepest Decrease of any US Airline'
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 PM :: 2874 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...the strengthening US dollar is driving down Hawaiian’s projected unit revenues by 3.5% to 6.5%....

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Thursday, February 05, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court Could Sock Expedia for $626M in Hotel Taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 PM :: 2224 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...In coming weeks, Hawaii’s Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision....

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
HB1452 Heard Without Notice: Permits Vacation Rentals "In any area of zoning classification"
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 PM :: 2048 Views :: Tourism

It seems to be the first waiver granted this session by House Speaker Joe Souki....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
2014: Record Visitors, Record Expenditures
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 2337 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... 8,282,680 visitors came to the Hawaiian Islands in 2014, exceeding the 2013 record of 8,174,461 visitors by 1.3 percent ....

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Friday, January 23, 2015
DLNR Imposes 3% Gross Receipts Fee on Ocean Recreation Vendors
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 2398 Views :: Small Business, Tourism
Permit fees are $200 per month or 3% of gross receipts; whichever is greater....
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
"'Integral Yoga' Group and Swami Hope to Find Their Inner Balance in Federal Court"
By Robert Thomas @ 9:30 PM :: 2522 Views :: Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...for not permitting it to use their site on Maui's north shore for things like weddings....

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
HTA: Visitor Arrivals, Expenditures Up for November
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 2130 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total expenditures by visitors who came to the Hawaiian Islands in November 2014 increased 3.4 percent to $1.1 billion, compared to last November....

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Sunday, December 28, 2014
Anti-GMO Activism Caused by Illegal TVRs?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:54 PM :: 3412 Views :: Tourism, GMOs

The balancing of million-dollar mortgages on inverse absolutes--paradise and illegality--produces a hyper-sensitive fear-and-hate-inspired psychology....

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Wednesday, December 24, 2014
HTA Study: Vacation Rental Units are 25% of Total Lodging
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 2547 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...these units would account for up to 25 percent of Hawai‘i’s total lodging inventory. In comparison, hotels units make up approximately 50 percent of visitor accommodations....

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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Flying to Hawaii: Comparing the Cost and Frequency Across States
By UHERO @ 12:56 AM :: 2585 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...The latest installment in the UHERO dashboard project is packed with information on the cost of travel to Hawaii from the US mainland....

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Thursday, November 27, 2014
October Visitors Up 3%, Expenditures up 3.3%
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 1669 Views :: Tourism

Arrivals by air from U.S. West were up 9.1%, US East up 7.7% ....

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Monday, November 03, 2014
New Jersey Has Therapists, Hawaii Has Tour Guides
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:22 PM :: 3361 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...businesses and workers with specialized skills congregate together....

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Saturday, November 01, 2014
VIDEO: Galuteria Talks Up Casinos for Hawaii Tribal Reservation
By Video @ 6:11 AM :: 4437 Views :: Akaka Bill, Development, Gambling, OHA, Tourism

To Galuteria, gambling on Native American land offers "a lot of great models" that "the Hawaiians can follow" ....

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Waikiki Homeless Outreach Begins Nov 3
By News Release @ 8:53 PM :: 2411 Views :: Homelessness, Tourism

...140 individuals are targeted to move into IHS shelters or homes and an additional 120 transient individuals will be returned to their homes outside Hawaii....

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
UHERO State Forecast Update: Hawaii's Economy In Need of An Engine
By UHERO @ 2:00 PM :: 2640 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Weak tourism and federal downsizing are holding down growth.  Construction has disappointed this year....

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Honolulu Airport 3rd Worst in N America
By Selected News Articles @ 9:34 PM :: 2575 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Honolulu’s airport is hardly the welcome to Hawaii that you might expect.....

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Tuesday, October 07, 2014
Chertoff: Gabbard's Visa Proposal Damages Tourism
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:45 PM :: 2813 Views :: Military, Tourism

...the Gabbard measure would go further, forcing thousands of economy-boosting tourists and business travelers to apply for visas — a notoriously arduous process....

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Thursday, October 02, 2014
With Billions of Tourist Dollars at Stake, DoH Quickly Slaps Down Talk of Ebola
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 1873 Views :: Health Care, Tourism

The Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) has determined that the individual in isolation at a Honolulu hospital who was reported to the department as a possible Ebola case yesterday does not meet the criteria for testing....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Total Arrivals Decline 1.3 Percent
By News Release @ 3:59 PM :: 2109 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

A 1.3 percent decline in total arrivals and a shorter average length of stay led to a 3 percent decrease in visitor days....

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014
HTA: Arrivals, Spending Up
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 2440 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Total expenditures by visitors who came to the Hawaiian Islands in July 2014 rose 2.6 percent from the same month last year to $1.4 billion....

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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Flying High
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2455 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Airline passengers are considered an easy group to tax....

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Friday, August 08, 2014
UHERO: Stall in Tourism Slows Hawaii Economy
By UHERO @ 3:32 PM :: 2163 Views :: Economy, Tourism

...and no other sector has yet emerged to provide offsetting stimulus....

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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Kauai Diary Farm Changes Plan After Protests by Luxury Resorts, Sierra Club, and Surfrider
By News Release @ 4:22 PM :: 3487 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Tourism

The first phase starts with 650-699 cows....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Hawaii Symphony announces two-year agreement with Musicians
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 2041 Views :: Labor, Tourism

The Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Musicians Association of Hawaii are pleased to announce a two-year agreement that will run through June 30, 2016....

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