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Thursday, June 07, 2018
Is the Hawaii Convention Center Profitable?
By UHERO @ 1:59 AM :: 873 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...HTA CEO George Szegeti said “In CY2017 the convention center turned a net operating profit of $1.1 million, marking its second consecutive year of profitability.” This is surprising news, indeed....

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Visitor Arrivals, Spending Up for April
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 671 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Total visitor arrivals rose 6.6 percent to 803,005 visitors in April....

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Hotel Occupancy Increases on Kauai Despite Flooding
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 1220 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...All Counties and All Classes of Hawai‘i Hotel Properties Reported Solid RevPAR and ADR Increases in April....

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Friday, May 18, 2018
Ige to Tourists: Just Ignore that Little Volcano Thingy
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 897 Views :: Tourism

"...Hawaii is Open for Business: There is absolutely no reason for visitors planning a trip to the Hawaiian Islands to change or alter their leisure or business travel plans...."

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Sunday, May 13, 2018
​Reactionary Reaction to Resort Fees
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 864 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...SB 2699 proposes to make “resort fees” subject to our Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT)....

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018
Hawaii Timeshares Average 89.5% Occupancy for 2017
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 720 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...In comparison, occupancy of hotel properties statewide averaged 80.0 percent in 2017....

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Friday, May 04, 2018
Southwest Coming to Bust Hawaiian Monopoly
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 1091 Views :: Tourism

... Southwest Airlines Intends To Serve Hawaii Nonstop From California Airports In Oakland, San Diego, San Jose, & Sacramento -- and Interisland ....

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Friday, May 04, 2018
Rethinking Hawaii Tourism: Time to Shift from Marketing to Managing Tourism?
By UHERO @ 2:06 AM :: 696 Views :: Tourism

...Even though most respondents still think tourism brings more benefits than costs to our state, the percent of those who think otherwise has been rising for some time....

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Thursday, May 03, 2018
Public Private Partnership for Ala Wai Golf?
By News Release @ 2:02 AM :: 944 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...Request for Proposals for Ala Wai Golf Course Driving Range Awarded to Topgolf Hawai‘i....

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Sunday, April 29, 2018
HB2432: The Tax Office Said So, So It Must Be True!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 921 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...HB 2432, one of the bills actively being considered this session, proposes to hike the “transient occupancy tax,” or TOT, by an as-yet-unspecified amount....

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Friday, April 27, 2018
American Samoa Cabotage Legislation to Promote Reliable Air Service
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 914 Views :: National News, Jones Act, Small Business, Tourism

...This solution has passed the House before, but not yet in the Senate; however, this time the provision is included in a major bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration....

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Friday, April 27, 2018
Tourist Spending up 10% in First Quarter
By News Release @ 1:08 AM :: 632 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $4.82 billion in the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 10.1 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
HB2010 Would be 'Devastating' to Tourism Industry--HTA
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 1592 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

"...Misinformation is being circulated that attempts to downplay the devastating effects that HB2010 SD2 will have on HTA’s tourism marketing...."

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Thursday, March 29, 2018
February Visitor Spending Up 12.7%
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 729 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Hawai‘i Visitor Spending Generated $1.52 Billion in February 2018....

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Hawaii Vacation Rentals: Impact on Housing and Economy
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 1505 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Hawaii is only building half of the units necessary to keep up with demand....

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Friday, March 16, 2018
SB648 Amended to Increase Sister Islands TAT Share
By News Release @ 1:29 PM :: 2031 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... The TAT amount for the City & County of Honolulu is unchanged ....

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Thursday, March 15, 2018
Will DLNR Use Sea Level Rise as Excuse to Wipe out Banyan Drive Properties?
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 1545 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Land Use, Tourism

...The purpose of the RFI is to gauge whether there is interest among prospective developers in obtaining a long-term lease of the Site (but check out the terms)....

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Saturday, March 10, 2018
Trask: Coco Palms Occupiers Duped by White Supremacist ‘Sovereign Citizens’
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 2166 Views :: Kauai County, Greenmail, Land Use, Tourism

...Furthermore, according to official court documents of the State of Hawaii, Moses Enoka Heanu, the alleged “Chief Justice” of your “court” is a registered sex offender who was sentenced to five (5) years in prison for three (3) felony counts of sexual assault in the Third Circuit court of the State of Hawaii in 1998....

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Sunday, March 04, 2018
By the Way, Could We Have $50 Million More?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1406 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

...In the middle of this process, sometimes a letter from the Governor arrives saying, “We need to make some adjustments...."

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Thursday, March 01, 2018
Visitor Spending $1.69B in January 2018--Highest Monthly Total in Hawaii History
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 981 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Air Service to Hawai‘i Increased 9.7 percent in January....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Vacation Rental Home Is "Public Accommodation" -- Lesbians are Mandatory
By Robert Thomas @ 3:15 AM :: 1918 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

...the court held they could be held liable, even though it is their home, first concluding that renting out a room in your home qualifies as offering a public accommodation, even though it is your residence....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Auditor: HTA Gives Millions to Contractors Without Documentation
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:19 AM :: 1352 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

...HTA’s autonomy, which includes permanent funding and an exemption from the State Procurement Code, has facilitated lax oversight, deficient internal controls, and, ultimately, less accountability....

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Manufacturer Questions Report of Kauai Drone-Helicopter Collision
By News Release @ 12:26 PM :: 1601 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...In other cases, incidents first reported as drone collisions turned out to involve a bat, an internal malfunction and a plastic bag....

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Friday, February 16, 2018
Will Caldwell Bumbling Wipe out North Shore Surf Contests?
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 1495 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...the Mayor acknowledged the need to overhaul the permit rules, to support competitive opportunities....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
$1.1B for New Airport Concourse
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 1586 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Construction is scheduled to begin in five years....

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Friday, February 02, 2018
American Samoa ID to be Rejected at Airports Starting Feb 5
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 1682 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...American Samoa is not in compliance with the REAL ID Act and Federal agencies will not accept driver's licenses and identification cards from American Samoa as of February 5, 2018....

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Thursday, February 01, 2018
Hawaii Tourism Industry Set New Record Totals in 2017
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 1044 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...$16.78 Billion in Visitor Spending; $1.96 Billion in Generated Tax Revenue; 9.38 Million Visitor Arrivals; 12.23 Million Air Seats Serving Hawai‘i; 204,000 Jobs Supported Statewide....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Report: Hawaii is an Expensive Place to Get Married
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 1737 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...the cost only adds more stress, with the average couple shelling out over $35,000 for their big day....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
HSTA Pushing Massive Property Tax Hike
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 1891 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Tourism

....more money and less accountability....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
DLNR Website Promotes Legal Hiking Trails
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 1151 Views :: Environment, Tourism

...More than 100 Trails in Na Ala Hele Trail & Access Program Featured....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Fishermen’s Alliance and Aquarium Fishery Team Up To Save Industry, Protect Environment
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 1613 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

“...The state has a responsibility to ensure its natural resources are managed in a scientifically credible way for the benefit of all its citizens. We look forward to being partners in this important work....”

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Hotels Set New Records in 2017
By News Release @ 6:03 PM :: 1563 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Statewide Average Daily Rate Rose to $319 in December -- Highest of Any Month in 2017....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
New Catamaran Delivered for West Oahu dolphin tours
By Michael Hansen @ 1:45 AM :: 2909 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...the vessel is already in service and hosting tours along the West side of Oahu....

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
DoTax Data: 25,500 Vacation Rentals paying TAT in Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 7:15 PM :: 1623 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Tourism

..."This means there are way more than suspected filers actually paying their transient accommodation taxes than originally estimated"....

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
HTA Maps: How Many TVRs in Your Neighborhood?
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 1581 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Tourism

...Hawaii Visitor Accommodation Units Surpassed 80,000 Statewide in 2017....

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Monday, January 08, 2018
Bed Bugs: Honolulu Ranks 48th
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 1319 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Tourism

...“They were virtually unheard of in the U.S. 10 years ago”....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Tourist Arrivals up 7.3% in November
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 941 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.29 billion in November 2017, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to a year ago....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
After Years, State finally goes public on Rat Lungworm
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 2044 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Tourism

...Tourists are attracted to places with well-known Rat Lungworm infestations.  it is a selling point.  Really....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
UHERO: Hawaii’s Long Expansion Gets Global Economic Lift
By UHERO @ 3:38 PM :: 1388 Views :: Economy, Tourism

...Improving global conditions provide a favorable environment for continued expansion in the Islands....

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Ethics: Top HTA Execs Busted Taking Travel Upgrades
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 1789 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

...Top HTA Exec solicited thousands of dollars in travel perks from Hawaiian, JAL, Starwood, China Air, and others.... 

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Monday, December 11, 2017
Draft EIS for Natatorium set to be complete by summer 2018
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 2371 Views :: Honolulu County, Military, Tourism

...four alternatives proposed for the facility....

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Friday, December 08, 2017
Airports Division spreads the red tape
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:47 PM :: 1473 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...The pilot program requires the rideshare drivers to pay 7 percent of each fare to the state Airports Division....

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Sunday, November 26, 2017
DOTAX Litigation: Are Car Rentals “Tourism Related Services”?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1477 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Should they re-evaluate their tax filings now that the Department’s litigation position is out in the public for all to see?

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
DBEDT: 9.5M Tourists Expected in 2018
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 1487 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

"...air seats will increase by 8.5 percent during the first three quarters of 2018....”

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Monday, November 20, 2017
What's in the Secret Air BnB Agreement?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 AM :: 2695 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...This report evaluates twelve publicly released agreements that Airbnb has entered with state or local governments....

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Friday, November 17, 2017
UHERO: 25 Years Later we still don't know what Sustainable Tourism is
By UHERO @ 3:18 AM :: 1314 Views :: Tourism

...the report concludes that Hawaii is not yet at the stage of overtourism....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Island Air: Did the Airports Division bamboozle Fitch Ratings?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:42 AM :: 3331 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

“The Airports Division expects near-term traffic results will be better than projected due to Island Air expanding interisland traffic...." -- Fitch Ratings, October 26, 2017

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
Petition: Protect Short Term Rentals on Hawaii Island
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 2010 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

Vacation house rules in works: Regulating ‘unhosted’ rentals seen as way to preserve housing for residents....

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Saturday, November 04, 2017
DoH Website Reports Beach Water Quality
By News Release @ 4:05 AM :: 1660 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Upgrades provide easier navigation and more information....

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Judge Invalidates Aquarium Collectors Permits
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 2103 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

...DLNR continues to believe that existing aquarium fishing practices are sustainable and environmentally sound....

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