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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Tourism: Record Visitors, Flat Spending Since 1989
By UHERO @ 6:31 PM :: 2017 Views :: Tourism
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Friday, June 28, 2013
State Senate Shakes Up Committee Structure
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 3007 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government, OHA, Tourism
Two committees have been added, splitting the current Committee on Tourism and Hawaiians Affairs (THA) into two separate subject matter committees.... 
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NRDC: Hawaii Ranked 4th in Beachwater Quality
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 2120 Views :: Environment, Tourism

3 beaches (1%) had more than 20% of their samples exceed state standard(s)....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Honolulu Revealed As Highest-Priced U.S. City This Summer
By News Release @ 4:15 AM :: 1756 Views :: Tourism

Honolulu rings up the biggest tab as the most expensive U.S. destination with a TripIndex cost of $504.94, while Las Vegas offers the most affordable stay at $272.94...

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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Vanished Hawaii Travel Agent Ordered to Pay $4.2M
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 2361 Views :: Tourism

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Collins Kilgore ordered Ope Saaga to pay $407,003.93 in restitution to consumers and $3.86 million in civil penalties....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Abercrombie Defends Convention-goers Fired for Hawaii Pension Conference 'Boondoggle'
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 2469 Views :: Tourism
Detroit Free Press: Hawaii-bound pension trustees may face removal by emergency manager....

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Friday, May 10, 2013
UHERO: Are lodging costs starting to tame the tourist boom?
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 2047 Views :: Economy, Tourism

...visitors to the state appear to be booking shorter trips and spending less at local shops, perhaps in response to higher hotel room rates....

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Pacquiao Takes Fight in Macau, U.S. Federal Income Tax Rate Proves Too High
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 1:40 PM :: 1916 Views :: Taxes, Tourism
“Manny can go back to Las Vegas and make $25 million, but how much of it will he end up with – $15 million?"
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Tourism: First Quarter 2013 Sets New Record
By News Release @ 3:41 PM :: 1517 Views :: Tourism
Every day, an average of $44 million was spent in the state from January through March....
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Thursday, April 04, 2013
Stimulus Japan Style: Cost of Hawaii Vacation Jumps 3% Today
By Andrew Walden @ 1:53 PM :: 2873 Views :: World News, Tourism

The Yen-denominated price of Hawaii vacations jumped 3% today and has increased 23% since September....

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
China set to Increase Outbound Tourism
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 1628 Views :: Tourism
“The Outline for National Tourism and Leisure (2013-2020),” recently issued by the government of China, sets the ground for the redefinition of tourism development....
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Online Travel Companies Ordered to Pay $70M, Appeal Planned
By News Release @ 12:38 AM :: 4707 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Tax Appeal Court Judge Gary W.B. Chang yesterday granted the State of Hawaii’s motion for summary judgment....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
NFL: Pro Bowl in Hawaii One More Year
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 2096 Views :: Tourism

The Pro Bowl is back for 2014, and it's back in Hawaii. After that, we'll just have to see....

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Monday, March 18, 2013
Abercrombie: Hotel Industry TAT Concerns are "Propaganda"
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 2689 Views :: Economy, Taxes, Tourism

...the governor interrupted by saying he has been hearing “the same propaganda.”

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Friday, March 08, 2013
Airlines Bet Big On Hawaii With 275,000 Additional Seats
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 2734 Views :: Economy, Tourism

...direct flights to Hawaii will exceed 2.6 M for the three month period between February and April 2013. This is an increase of more than 11%....

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Thursday, March 07, 2013
60 Minutes Video: China's 'Ghost Cities' -- Biggest Bubble Ever?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 2:33 PM :: 4041 Views :: World News, Economy, Tourism

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
SB894 Held as Turtle Bay Opens New Negotiations with State
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 3441 Views :: Environment, Development, Tourism

SB 894 would authorize the state to expend funds, swap land and explore other solutions to help preserve Turtle Bay lands.  This bill can be brought back next year, if negotiations fail, or to implement terms of an agreement....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
HTA: Visitor Arrivals Rise 5.9% from January 2012
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 2645 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in January 2013 rose 5.7 percent (or $77.3 million) from January 2012....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
UHERO: Minimum Wage Hike Unlikely to Help Working Poor
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 3021 Views :: Economy, Labor, Tourism, Cost of Living

...higher minimum wage is unlikely to accomplish the stated goal of raising the living standards of the working poor....

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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Jerking the Hotel Industry Around, You Can’t Trust Lawmakers
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:55 AM :: 2739 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Recognizing the need to help the state balance it books, the hotel industry agreed to a temporary increase in the TAT rate which was increased two percentage points from 7.25% to 9.25%. The temporary increase is supposed to expire on June 30, 2015....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
UHERO: Weakening Japanese Yen Will Cap Tourism Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 2:11 PM :: 2655 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Air carriers have optimistically boosted scheduled seats from Japan, although in our view yen depreciation and higher room rates will act to limit further Japanese market gains....

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Friday, February 08, 2013
Suckers: HTA Maneuvered into Supporting Tax Hike On its Own Industry
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 3913 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Just bluff an increase in TAT and they all line up in favor of extending the ‘temporary’ 9.25% rate....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
HTA: 2012 Arrivals, Spending Set New Records
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 2574 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Growth in total visitor expenditures and arrivals in every month of the year elevated annual 2012 total visitor expenditures to a record $14.3 billion....

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Monday, January 14, 2013
$150M Tax Ruling "Will Significantly Reduce Demand for Hawaii Vacations"
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 5278 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

“This ruling will significantly increase costs for all tour operators, travel agents, OTCs, and other travel intermediaries...."

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Economist: Visa Waivers Behind Hawaii Tourism Boom
By Selected News Articles @ 2:02 PM :: 3169 Views :: National News, World News, Tourism

...there's still lots of room for Mr Obama's administration to do more, and the US Travel Association has a great plan to further improve the situation....

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Friday, December 07, 2012
UHERO: Developing Countries Buoy Asian Growth
By News Release @ 8:53 PM :: 2338 Views :: World News, Tourism

Higher income Asian economies have suffered the most from the trade falloff. At the same time, labor markets and fiscal conditions in East and Southeast Asian developing countries remain far stronger than in the developed world....

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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Video: South Park Ridicules Kauai Malihini
By Video @ 5:34 AM :: 4149 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, Tourism, GMOs

One of the subplots of the South Park episode is about residents of Kaua'i claiming to be natives of Hawaii when they're just longtime residents who got there before the more recent tourists, whom they despise....

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Thursday, May 31, 2012
No Mention of Gay Marriage as State Gives NFL $4M to Bring ProBowl Back One More Year
By News Release @ 2:31 PM :: 2922 Views :: Family, Tourism

The Pro Bowl will resume in Hawaii on Jan. 27, 2013, one week before the Super Bowl in New Orleans. But poor timing is the NFL's first mistake....

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Monday, January 30, 2012
HTA: Visitor Industry Showed Strong Growth in 2011
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 2298 Views :: Tourism
The month of December 2011 reached $1.298 billion in visitor spending, the highest single month on record.
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Thursday, December 01, 2011
Lihue TSA Worker Sues, Claims Sex Assault
By Selected News Articles @ 11:46 PM :: 5320 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, Tourism

Marugame claims a TSA investigator (TSI) "sexually assaulted her" on Aug. 26, 2009....

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Sunday, November 06, 2011
Occupy Honolulu: Waikiki Shooting was “Round One”
By Selected News Articles @ 11:55 AM :: 10300 Views :: Homelessness, Law Enforcement, Tourism

"...those doing the attacking will die...." -- Occupy Honolulu

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Friday, June 10, 2011
Abercrombie doubles down against Pro-Bowl: "It's Time We Get Our Priorities Straight"
By Video @ 5:22 PM :: 4430 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Politicians, Tourism

"It's Time We Get Our Priorities Straight," a message from Governor Neil Abercrombie, June 10, 2011

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Sunday, June 05, 2011
$134 Million Mystery: DoTax suddenly admits “unusual reporting, systemic problems, inconsistencies”
By Andrew Walden @ 1:22 AM :: 4795 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

The Hawaii Department of Taxation is seeking an outside auditing firm to look at "systemic problems" with DoTax tax revenue reports.... 

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Friday, September 18, 2009
Defeating the "homelessness industry" before it gets a grip on Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:17 PM :: 12345 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Tourism

The ACLU is threatening a lawsuit against the City of Honolulu after the City Council voted to ban sleeping on sidewalks.  Today's Star-Bulletin editorializes:

Councilman Charles Djou introduced the bill because of concerns about how the homeless sleeping on Waikiki sidewalks is affecting tourism. Djou maintains that refusing to allow the chronically homeless to sleep on sidewalks would "put the hammer on people getting the help they need."

Djou needs to cite a precedent where such tough compassion has actually worked.

The answer is embarrassingly simple: Los Angeles. 

This leads to an obvious question the Star-Bulletin editorialists must answer:

Where has your laissez-faire attitude towards homelessness ever produced anything but more homelessness?

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Saturday, June 07, 2008
‘Protection racket’ shakes down resort workers, ruins parks
By Patrick Walsh @ 1:46 AM :: 3572 Views :: Hawaii County , Labor, Tourism

Knife wielding goons demanded money from campers.  Public workers sleep through their shift.  Pavilions are filthy and littered with broken glass.

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