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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Flying High
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2494 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 :: 2205 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 :: 3546 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 :: 2089 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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Friday, July 11, 2014
HTA: Tourism Data Faked Since 2013?
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 2525 Views :: Tourism

This matter is currently under review by the State Attorney General’s office, the HTA, as well as the HTA’s contractor....

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Monday, June 16, 2014
Abercrombie Appoints Members to BLNR, HTA
By News Release @ 8:14 PM :: 3082 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Land Use, Tourism

Both are interim appointments subject to state Senate approval....

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Kyo-ya Case
By News Release @ 8:54 PM :: 2517 Views :: Development, Tourism

...the Hawaii Supreme Court announced it would consider the four-year legal challenge waged by a hui of environmental groups against the City and County of Honolulu....

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Friday, May 30, 2014
HTA: Visitor Spending Down 2.9%
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 1868 Views :: Tourism

For the first four months of 2014, total visitor expenditures fell 2.9 percent to $4.9 billion and total arrivals dropped 2.6 percent to 2,720,760 visitors....

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Saturday, May 24, 2014
UHERO: Tourism Weakness Continues
By UHERO @ 4:56 AM :: 2238 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Last year’s tourism weakness continued in the first quarter of this year, and incremental gains for 2014 will be slight....

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Monday, May 12, 2014
Molokai Ranch Achieving Success with … Ranching
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 3799 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Agriculture, Tourism

Moloka'i Ranch is launching initiatives to achieve sustainability, starting with the re-establishment of ranching operations....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
HTA: Visitor Spending and Arrivals Decline for Month and Quarter
By News Release @ 10:31 PM :: 1863 Views :: Tourism

Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawaii in March 2014 fell 3.5 percent compared to last March to $1.2 billion....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
States make wild claims about the effectiveness of their tourism promotion campaigns
By Selected News Articles @ 1:50 AM :: 3416 Views :: Tourism

Not surprisingly, they almost always report that funds spent on advertising translate into tourist spending and tax revenues many multiples of the original outlay....

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Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Pro Bowl to Arizona in 2015, slated to make Hawaii return in '16
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 1687 Views :: Tourism

The Pro Bowl following the 2014 season will be played on Sunday, January 25, 2015, and televised live on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET from University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX a week later....

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Sunday, April 06, 2014
Occupy, Union Activists Organizing Homeless Tent Cities in Honolulu?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:35 AM :: 8090 Views :: Homelessness, Labor, OHA, Small Business, Tourism

In Honolulu, unofficial tent cities are now set up in strategic locations designed to pressure the tourism industry, the Chinatown community, the Korean community, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and the Honolulu Council debate over Housing First....

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
Own Ivory? 89% Chance You Won't Be Able to Sell it Legally if Clayton Hee Gets His Way
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 2913 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

Hawaii is the third largest retailer of ivory and ivory products in the nation....

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Go! to Quit Hawaii, Hand Customers over to Hawaiian Airlines
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 2209 Views :: Tourism

The decision to cease operations in Hawaii follows significant growth in the Company’s flight operations on the mainland and was a strategic decision....

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
National Park Tourism in Hawaii Creates $314 Million in Economic Benefit
By News Release @ 1:18 PM :: 1753 Views :: Tourism

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 5.1 million visitors to national parks in Hawai`i spent more than $314 million and supported 3,723 jobs in the state in 2012....

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Thursday, February 27, 2014
HTA: Tourism Down 5th Month in a Row
By News Release @ 11:42 PM :: 2016 Views :: Tourism

Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in January 2014 dropped 4.7 percent (or $68 million)....

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014
DBEDT Reduces Projected Growth Rate
By News Release @ 4:18 PM :: 2759 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...DBEDT economists slightly reduced the projected growth rate due to continued modest tourism growth but identified potential in construction....

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Monday, February 17, 2014
New Travel Agency Taxes Damage Tourism and Are Illegal
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 1:38 PM :: 2295 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

New states considering online travel agency taxes should consider the harmful effect on tourism and the potential for legal battles they're likely to lose....

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Monday, February 17, 2014
Economic Gains from Eliminating Travel Visas
By NCPA @ 1:11 PM :: 1502 Views :: Tourism

Over 42 million tourists visited the United States in 2012 after completing the required visa process. The process, however, is unnecessarily difficult....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hawaii Boasts Most Expensive U.S. Destination for Presidents' Day Weekend
By News Release @ 12:59 PM :: 1875 Views :: Tourism

In Kihei, located on Maui's southwest shore, travelers will have to spend $416 per night ....

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
204K in Hawaii on Average Day: Visitors Set Record in 2013
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 2112 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

On average, 204,120 visitors were in the state on any given day of 2013 (average daily census) a 1.4 percent gain compared to 2012....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Bed Bug Cities: Honolulu Slips to 45th
By News Release @ 12:54 PM :: 4401 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

We're losing the bed bug race: Last year we were 33rd....

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Saturday, January 11, 2014
Stung by Reports of Whale Collisions, Pacific Whale offers Feel-Good Seminar
By News Release @ 11:54 AM :: 3686 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Tourism
Idea: Go to their meeting and shout out embarrassing questions.  Demand they enact an immediate moratorium on propeller-driven whale-watching tours.  Tell them to stop killing baby whales.  Videotape the entire encounter and put it on Youtube. 
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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Resort Fees: SB1201 Proposes Massive Hike in TAT
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 AM :: 2526 Views :: Taxes, Tourism
“resort fees by hotels are subject to the Transient Accommodation Tax (TAT)”
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Sunday, January 05, 2014
Tourist Boats Operated by Anti-Superferry Activists Hitting More Baby Whales Than Ever
By Andrew Walden @ 3:26 AM :: 4951 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...the bleeding baby whales are left to suffer an unknown fate in shark-infested waters....

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Thursday, January 02, 2014
Tourism Committees to Look at HTA Audit
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 1696 Views :: Tourism
  • DATE: Wednesday, January 08, 2014
  • TIME: 9:30 a.m.
  • PLACE: Conference Room 229, State Capitol
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Friday, December 27, 2013
Tourism Arrivals, Spending Drop for 3rd Straight Month
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 1890 Views :: Tourism

U.S. East visitor expenditures decreased 15 percent to $201 million due to fewer arrivals (-9.2% to 105,834 visitors) and lower daily visitor spending (-6.7% to $187 per person)....

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Friday, December 13, 2013
Airline Fees: The Budget Deal's Sneaky Tax Increases
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:10 PM :: 3190 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Travelers are currently charged $2.50 per flight under the Transportation Security Administration’s airline security “fee.” Under the budget deal, that would increase to $5.60 per flight or $11.20 for a round-trip ticket....

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Auditor: HTA Does Not Hold Contractors Accountable
By News Release @ 8:38 PM :: 1974 Views :: Tourism

The authority’s incohesive, self-described “marketing plan” and poor reporting on measures of effectiveness impede transparency....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
After Years of Talk, Temporary Barriers to be Tested at Laniakea Beach
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 2199 Views :: Environment, Tourism

North Shore residents and transportation officials have been discussing proposals to improve Laniakea traffic for years....

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
After Making World News, Kailua NB Tries to Clarify Stance on Tourism
By News Release @ 4:41 AM :: 2788 Views :: Tourism
“Hawaii town to State: Stop sending tourists here” and “Kailua Residents Want Tourists to Stay Away”
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Friday, November 01, 2013
HTA: Visitor Arrivals Drop 1% After 2 Years Growth
By News Release @ 6:51 PM :: 1761 Views :: Tourism

Total arrivals, which have shown growth since September 2011, lowered by 1 percent to 594,181 visitors....

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Friday, October 25, 2013
UHERO: Shutdown did not Stop Hawaii Growth
By UHERO @ 3:51 PM :: 2142 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Growth is holding up in Hawaii, driven by still-strong tourism and rising construction....

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Saturday, October 19, 2013
Pew: Five States Which Paid to Keep National Parks, Monuments Open
By Selected News Articles @ 8:22 PM :: 3888 Views :: National News, Hawaii Statistics, Military, Tourism

Visitors spend about $76 million a day in communities near national parks, the National Park Service estimated....

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Decline in Pacific Currencies: Crisis or More Adjustment to Come?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:17 AM :: 1994 Views :: Tourism

The last few months have seen 10-20 percent declines in the exchange rates of many Pacific countries against the US Dollar….

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
NB to HTA: "Stop Promoting Kailua as a Tourist Destination"
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 2487 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...Kailua Neighborhood Board overwhelmingly adopted a resolution asking the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) to respect the zoning and quality of life of residential neighborhoods and stop promoting Kailua....

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Thursday, September 05, 2013
Where Americans Want to Live: Hawaii #2 State, Honolulu #5 City
By News Release @ 2:25 PM :: 2642 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

The Golden State is at the top of the list; fellow oceanfront states Hawaii (2) and Florida (3) round out the top three, followed by Texas (4) and Colorado (5)....

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013
'Rules of Origin' Can Make or Break the Trans-Pacific Partnership
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:07 PM :: 3452 Views :: World News, Economy, Tourism

The TPP has been behind closed doors for a long time. The wait will be more than worth it if a sound agreement is struck....

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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Surfing the Nations Freedom Surf Contest Waikiki
By News Release @ 5:19 PM :: 3265 Views :: Religion, Tourism, Drugs

Surfing the Nations is counteracting the widespread perception that surfing is only about individual fulfillment....

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Monday, August 26, 2013
When sharks bite, Hawaii tourism worries
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:09 PM :: 2095 Views :: Tourism
AP file photo.
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Shark Attacks: DLNR Launches Two-Year Study
By News Release @ 3:23 PM :: 2147 Views :: Environment, Tourism

In 2013, there have been eight incidents, including four within the last month. Four of this year’s incidents occurred on Maui....

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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Final Judgment: Online Travel Companies Owe State $246M
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 2310 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...final judgment in favor of the State of Hawaii and against nine Online Travel Companies selling Hawaii hotel rooms over the Internet....

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Saturday, July 27, 2013
HTA: Arrivals, Spending Up
By News Release @ 1:39 AM :: 1896 Views :: Tourism

Visitors who came to Hawai‘i in June 2013 spent a total of $1.3 billion, an increase of 7 percent from June 2012....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Hawaiian Airlines: Strengthening Dollar Undermines Results
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 1673 Views :: Tourism

On our international routes we are seeing the strengthening of the dollar undermine some of the excellent results we have had in the last couple of years but this portion of our business remains the core focus of our expansion plans....

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Sunday, July 21, 2013
Study: Cruise Ships Contribute $386M to Hawaii Economy
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 3228 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Jones Act, Tourism

Hawaii, which had been among the top ten states in previous studies, fell from 8th in 2008, to 11th in 2009, and now to 13th in 2012....

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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach Harasses Combat Disabled Veteran, Apologizes
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 3417 Views :: Military, Tourism
Photo: Please help us spread this around: Yesterday, one of the combat disabled vets that frequents this page attempted to check into The Hyatt Place in Waikiki, HI. He was tagging along with his wife, who is government employee. Their family is being relocated to HI and this trip was for them to find adequate housing for the family and their two small children while they are stationed out there for the next few years. The trip was booked through SATO (mil travel). While checking in, this vet was approached by the hotel's General Manager, a man named Imre Gonczy, who asked about the service dog who was standing at the counter with his owner. The service dog was wearing a clearly marked "SERVICE DOG" vest and had it's paperwork with it. (The picture attached is the dog in question.) The hotel's GM, Gonczy, challenged the service dog's role and asked questions that, by federal law he is not allowed to ask, and then stated, " I can't tell you you can't stay here... but I will tell you I don't like it." From that point, in the vet's own words: "The GM then proceeded to tell me to avoid all public areas due to my service dog, not to eat at the breakfast buffet, and should I need to walk "that thing", I was told to call ahead to the desk to inform them I was coming down the elevator and then I was expected to walk about 250m east down an alley, cross a major road in Waikiki (about 8 lanes total across) and walk him on the front lawn of the Honolulu Zoo. Then he informed me they'd also be charging me pet fees because he's not a service animal, he's a service "dog." When I asked him politely "Is this how you treat all combat vets w/ disabilities? You do understand you're violating a handful of laws right now?", he smiled and grabbed my shoulder and said "why don't we discuss this in my office"" Unacceptable. Period. Unacceptable, according to federal law. Unacceptable according to human decency. Unacceptable treatment for a combat disabled veteran. Again, please share this. I believe Imre Gonczy needs to learn a valuable lesson regarding the proper treatment of our nation's veterans. Thanks, Shaggy.
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Monday, July 15, 2013
Federal Court Strikes Down Kauai Vacation Rental Rules
By Robert Thomas @ 4:22 PM :: 2913 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism

The court concluded that the Charter amendment adopted by the voters was, in reality, a prohibited zoning initiative....

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Monday, July 15, 2013
New Business Immediately Attacked by DLNR
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 2687 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

DLNR will hold a public information meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18....

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