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Monday, February 28, 2022
Tourist Spending Down 19% from Pre-Pandemic Numbers
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 1599 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... tourist headcount down 29.8% ....

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Safe Travels: Ige Drops Planned Booster Shot Requirement
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 2146 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... booster shots will not be required for “up-to-date” vaccination status for individuals traveling to Hawai‘i ....

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Friday, January 28, 2022
December, 2021: Tourist Spending Down 5.5% from 2019
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 2786 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... the tourist headcount is down 20.9% ....

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
COVID Emergency: Ige Extends Partial Suspension of Sunshine Law
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 2717 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... will remain in effect through March 25, 2022 ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
Short-term rentals a convenient scapegoat?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:07 PM :: 2992 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Based on how short-term vacation rentals are so often portrayed, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought their owners were all terrible people ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Marketing: Hawaii Resorts Score 'Green Business Awards'
By News Release @ 12:31 PM :: 3519 Views :: Environment, Tourism

... A total of 14 venues and events were recognized ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Bill 41 Could Squash Short-term Rentals
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:47 AM :: 3475 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Honolulu Council Bill 41, that would limit "short-term” rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time ....

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Saturday, January 8, 2022
Hotel moratorium bill: Maui Council Overrides Veto
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 3468 Views :: Maui County, Development, Tourism

“If we don’t provide the right type of visitor accommodations in the right places, we could see an influx of vacation rentals in our residential neighborhoods."

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
DoT: Hawaii Harbors Reopen to Cruise Ships
By News Release @ 9:59 PM :: 1966 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... the State of Hawaii will be requiring participation in the State’s Safe Travels digital platform to upload proof of vaccination or negative test results for cruise lines arriving in Hawaii from outside the state ....

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Tourist Spending Down 11.5% from 2019
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 2158 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... November 2021 visitor spending was lower compared to the $1.34 billion (-11.5%) reported for November 2019 ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
‘Tourist tax’ surcharges threaten Hawaii recovery
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:52 AM :: 2157 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... the Aloha State now has the highest tourist taxes in the nation, topping out at 17.75% ....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
HTA: Fewer Tourists Paying More Money
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 9:53 PM :: 1970 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Compared with November 2019, RevPAR was 3.8 percent lower, driven by lower occupancy (-19.4 percentage points) which could not be offset by increased ADR (+27.5%) ....

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Sunday, December 19, 2021
The New County TAT Earmarks Aren’t the Real Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2285 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... these debates are meaningless ....

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Friday, December 17, 2021
UHERO: Renewed international travel restrictions reduce near-term visitor outlook
By UHERO @ 4:15 PM :: 2267 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Economic recovery resumed with the end of Hawaii’s COVID-19 wave. Now Omicron is a new threat .... 

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Friday, December 17, 2021
Honolulu most expensive car rental destination for Christmas
By News Release @ 12:13 AM :: 2588 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Honolulu travelers spend a minimum of $754 for a rental car Christmas week ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Blangiardi signs bill to recover lost Transient Accommodations Tax revenue and give it to Rail
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 2633 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Translation: The Legislature took the counties' share of the state TAT away but let them impose their own TAT.  I'm giving it to rail -- so, in effect, other city services have been cut to fund rail but -- like a shell game -- with so many moving parts, the public has been deceived....

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
Kauai Wipes out 1,450 illegal TVRs
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 3485 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

“...With a combined effort of increased enforcement, as well as partnerships with third-party platforms such as Expedia, the Kaua‘i Planning Department estimates that illegal vacation rentals on Kaua‘i have gone from roughly 1,500 in 2017 down to less than 50 today....”

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Friday, December 3, 2021
Oahu's new 'tourism tax' will affect residents, too
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:19 PM :: 2873 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... projected revenues from the tax fall short of what the project needs to cover its budget shortfalls ....

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
October, 2021 Visitor Spending Down 15.3% from 2019
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 2413 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... A total of 550,781 visitors arrived by air service to the Hawaiian Islands in October 2021, mainly from the U.S. West and U.S. East. ...

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Sunday, November 21, 2021
After Decade, City, State Finally Eliminate Turtle Beach Traffic Jam
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 2113 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... For many years various solutions have been discussed ....

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
7,000 Legal Vacation Rentals on Maui in Jeopardy
By Video @ 4:19 PM :: 3463 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

... a Maui County Council proposal that aspires to create more housing on Maui by phasing out about 7,000 vacation rentals ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
What is the Passenger Vessel Services Act?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:42 AM :: 2553 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... cruise ships that are registered in Bermuda or the Bahamas are required to sail to Fanning Island, 1,000 miles to the south of Hawaii ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
City introduces amended short-term rental bill
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 2755 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... Bill 41 Relating to Transient Accommodations was transmitted to the Council by the Honolulu Planning Commission last month and is scheduled for First Reading at its full Council meeting on Nov. 10, 2021 ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
SB666: Unconstitutional Entry Fee for Tourists
By UHERO @ 5:37 PM :: 2360 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... lump-sum entry fees assessed on visitors only are legally problematic in the U.S. as they may be judged to impede travel between states and discriminate against non-residents in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Ige Eases COVID Rules for Gyms, Bars, Restaurants
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 2887 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Kawakami: New state order ‘essentially forces’ vaccine requirements ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Ige Opens Door to International Travelers Following US Rules
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 2140 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The State of Hawaiʻi will welcome international travelers under the new federal requirements starting next Monday, Nov. 8 ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Maui County TAT Takes Effect
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 2783 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... the Maui County Transient Accommodations Tax (MCTAT) goes into effect November 1, 2021 ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Maui Council Proposal Would Outlaw 7,300 Legal Vacation Rentals
By News Release @ 5:53 AM :: 3181 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... eliminating TVR use from these subject condominiums would result in a possible loss of $23 million in revenue annually, and upwards of $74 million in annual revenue lost overall ....

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Monday, November 1, 2021
There’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government measure
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:03 AM :: 2572 Views :: Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

... the federal funds made it unnecessary for our legislators to take all of the TAT funds. But they did it anyway ....

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Friday, October 29, 2021
PVSA Reform: Hawaii congressional delegates missing opportunity to help Hawaii tourism?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:37 PM :: 2620 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act, Tourism

... Hawaii risks being left out in the cold unless its delegates to Congress act quickly to help reform the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act ....

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Thursday, October 28, 2021
September Tourist Arrivals Down 31%, Spending Down 15%
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 2212 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... total spending by visitors who came to the islands in September 2021 was $1.05 billion ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
County TAT could further debilitate Hawaii tourism
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:06 PM :: 2925 Views :: Economy, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is still in a state of emergency, tourism has slowed, businesses are closing and unemployment is high. The economy will take years to recover ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Hawaii Hotel RevPAR Down 13.5% from 2019
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 2:39 PM :: 2295 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... When compared to September 2019, statewide ADR was higher in September 2021 but RevPAR was lower due to less occupancy ....

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Friday, October 15, 2021
UHERO: Hawaii Needs to Focus on Developing Good Governance in Managing Tourism
By UHERO @ 12:14 AM :: 1794 Views :: Tourism

... a difficult obstacle stands in the way of achieving the HTA action plans:  “HTA lacks authority over state and county agencies.” ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
HART Makes Up Its Voting Rules
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3151 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... The memo concludes that the State did not have the power under the Hawaii Constitution to provide for four extra HART board members.  Thus, we can basically ignore the extra folks and conduct business as if they weren’t around ....

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Saturday, October 9, 2021
BLNR Rejects Aquarium Fishing EIS
By News Release @ 3:55 AM :: 2095 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Six board members voted to deny the FEIS, and one abstained ....

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
DLNR Targets 'Renegade' Weddings
By News Release @ 8:05 PM :: 3094 Views :: Kauai County, Religion, Tourism

"If you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time you might suffer the scorn of residents, you could get cited, and there are 'other things' that can go wrong.”

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Thursday, October 7, 2021
RFP: HTA to Seek 'Politically Correct' Tourists Only
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 2125 Views :: Tourism

"...The RFP’s scope of services has been modified to include destination management services, in alignment with HTA’s new vision of Malama Kuu Home (caring for my beloved home) through the principles of regenerative tourism. HTA’s objective is to help empower the community to have a greater voice in tourism’s future, with a focus on regenerating the environment, perpetuating the Hawaiian culture, recognizing Hawaii’s multiethnic cultures, and supporting responsible economic outcomes...."

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Saturday, October 2, 2021
Maui Council Approves 3% TAT Hike--Will use Money to buy 'Open Space'
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 3029 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... In anticipation of the new tax, the council also passed on first reading today a bill to increase anticipated revenue for the Open Space Fund ....

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Thursday, September 30, 2021
Tourism Down 22% from August 2019
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 8:36 PM :: 1656 Views :: Tourism

... A total of 722,393 visitors arrived by air service to the Hawaiian Islands in August 2021 vs 926,417 visitors in August 2019.....

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021
HTA: Vacation Rentals Decline Sharply from 2019 Records
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 2146 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

... In August 2021, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 616,900 unit nights (+73.0% vs. 2020, -32.7% vs. 2019) ....

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Friday, September 24, 2021
UHERO: Delta Wave Swamps Tourism
By News Release @ 5:33 PM :: 3627 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

"... we are in for a period of weakness before growth resumes late in the year. The end to federal fiscal support will weigh on recovery going forward, and a full return to pre-pandemic conditions remains several years down the road ...."

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Friday, September 24, 2021
HDoT Revokes Plan to Terminate Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 4:39 AM :: 2436 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Members from the HDOT, U.S. Army, Congress, Executive Office, Legislature, Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA), tenants and community members have been meeting every few weeks for the past nine months as a collaborative effort to help save the airfield ....

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Monday, September 20, 2021
August 2021 vs 2019: Hotel Revenues Up, Occupancy Down
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 11:04 PM :: 2064 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... In August 2021, passengers arriving from out-of-state could bypass the State’s mandatory 10-day self-quarantine if they were fully vaccinated ....

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Monday, September 20, 2021
Study: Tourists will Spend More if Experience Seems 'Authentic' and 'Sustainable'
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 1684 Views :: Tourism

... this is a sales pitch for less tourism ....

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Sunday, September 5, 2021
Counties, You’re TAT Collectors Now
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2305 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... HB 862 makes no provision whatsoever for joint collection. The counties are on their own ....

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021
HTA Publishes Three Year Plan to Reduce Tourism
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 2210 Views :: Tourism

... The community-based plan is part of HTA’s work toward Malama Kuu Home (caring for my beloved home) and its accelerated efforts underway to manage tourism in a regenerative manner ....

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Monday, August 30, 2021
Tourists Spent $1.58B in July
By News Release @ 8:40 PM :: 1809 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Visitor spending decreased compared to $1.70 billion (-6.8%) in July 2019....

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Monday, August 30, 2021
Hotel Occupancy Hits 82.4%
By News Release @ 4:36 PM :: 1728 Views :: Tourism

... Compared with July 2019, RevPAR was 16.9 percent higher, driven by increased ADR (+21.0%) which offset slightly lower occupancy (-2.9 percentage points) ....

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Tourist Busted after Lifting Turtle out of Sea and not Eating it
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 3537 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... tourist fails to uphold traditional Hawaiian cultural practices ....

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