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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Report: Return County TAT Deal to Status Quo Ante
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:16 PM :: 3975 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 :: 3706 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 :: 2231 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 :: 2921 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 :: 2348 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 :: 2096 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 :: 2214 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 :: 1921 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 :: 1900 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 :: 2797 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 :: 3827 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 :: 1857 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 :: 1880 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 :: 1694 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 :: 2687 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 :: 2536 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 :: 2745 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 :: 1466 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 :: 4505 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 :: 2018 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 :: 2449 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 :: 2408 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 :: 2282 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 :: 1926 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 :: 2029 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 :: 5689 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 :: 1956 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 :: 2595 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 :: 2621 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 :: 3768 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 :: 2371 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 :: 7171 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 :: 4210 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 :: 2437 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 :: 1894 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 :: 2112 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 :: 3712 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 :: 2628 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 :: 3979 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 :: 2056 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 :: 4465 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 :: 2715 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 :: 2553 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 :: 2995 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 :: 2355 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 :: 2194 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 :: 2496 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 :: 2585 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 :: 2725 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 :: 2290 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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