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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 :: 5402 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 :: 11775 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 :: 8746 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 9, 2015
DLNR Seeks Comment on 2015 Outdoor Recreation Plan
By News Release @ 10:21 AM :: 5507 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 :: 4166 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 :: 4542 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 :: 7161 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 :: 5883 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

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

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Monday, March 2, 2015
Hawaii the extortionate state--Vacation Rental Bills Violate NAFTA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:32 PM :: 6963 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 :: 5175 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 :: 7478 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 :: 5561 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 7, 2015
Creating "Paradise of the Pacific": How Tourism Began in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 4:59 AM :: 6605 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 6, 2015
Hawaiian Airlines: 'Deepest Decrease of any US Airline'
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 PM :: 5230 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 5, 2015
Hawaii Supreme Court Could Sock Expedia for $626M in Hotel Taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 PM :: 4963 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

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

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
HB1452 Heard Without Notice: Permits Vacation Rentals "In any area of zoning classification"
By Selected News Articles @ 9:10 PM :: 4016 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 :: 5281 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 :: 5428 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 :: 6380 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 :: 5215 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 :: 7002 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 :: 5858 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 :: 6013 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 :: 4069 Views :: Tourism

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

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Monday, November 3, 2014
New Jersey Has Therapists, Hawaii Has Tour Guides
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:22 PM :: 6629 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

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

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Saturday, November 1, 2014
VIDEO: Galuteria Talks Up Casinos for Hawaii Tribal Reservation
By Video @ 6:11 AM :: 10902 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 :: 5626 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 :: 6471 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 :: 5285 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

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

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Chertoff: Gabbard's Visa Proposal Damages Tourism
By Heritage Foundation @ 4:45 PM :: 5936 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 2, 2014
With Billions of Tourist Dollars at Stake, DoH Quickly Slaps Down Talk of Ebola
By News Release @ 3:02 PM :: 4375 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 :: 5037 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 :: 5340 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 :: 5200 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

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

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Friday, August 8, 2014
UHERO: Stall in Tourism Slows Hawaii Economy
By UHERO @ 3:32 PM :: 5139 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 :: 7575 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 :: 5029 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 :: 4891 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 :: 7144 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Land Use, Tourism

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

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Kyo-ya Case
By News Release @ 8:54 PM :: 5649 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 :: 4351 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 :: 5537 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 :: 8778 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 :: 4270 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 :: 6036 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 9, 2014
Pro Bowl to Arizona in 2015, slated to make Hawaii return in '16
By News Release @ 4:20 PM :: 4149 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 6, 2014
Occupy, Union Activists Organizing Homeless Tent Cities in Honolulu?
By Andrew Walden @ 4:35 AM :: 14164 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 :: 6585 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 :: 4168 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 4, 2014
National Park Tourism in Hawaii Creates $314 Million in Economic Benefit
By News Release @ 1:18 PM :: 4282 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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