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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
​City submits revised short-term rental bill to Planning Commission
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 3102 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... would not allow any new STRs in residential areas, but allow STRs adjacent to existing resort areas ....

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Saturday, August 7, 2021
From "E komo mai" to "Stay away"?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:45 PM :: 3054 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is more than happy to tax the golden goose of tourism. But when it comes to feeding, caring for and cleaning up after it, we can’t seem to get on the same page ....

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Friday, July 30, 2021
Victorino signs agreements with Expedia and Airbnb to curb illegal TVRs
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 3309 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

... Both platforms will now require host-provided tax map key numbers to appear on online listings ....

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
Blaisdell Center awarded Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
By News Release @ 6:11 PM :: 2582 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism, COVID-19

... Blaisdell Center was recently awarded $3,056,261.58 ....

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Thursday, July 29, 2021
June 2021: 791K Tourists Arrive, Spend $1.44B
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 2326 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Compared to June 2019, visitor spending decreased 11.9 percent from $1.63 billion ....

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Vacation Rental Use up 910% from 2020
By News Release @ 10:41 AM :: 2624 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

... but down 32.9% vs. 2019 ....

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Locals to be Allowed Back in to Hanauma Bay
By News Release @ 10:34 AM :: 3093 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Tourism

... an effort to accommodate local residents, while maintaining the improved marine environment ....

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Monday, July 26, 2021
Maui Tourism Recovery Brings Bond Upgrades
By News Release @ 9:46 PM :: 2115 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... Moody’s cites the Aa1 rating “reflects the continued economic recovery of Maui driven by the rebound of tourism-related activity” ....

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Friday, July 23, 2021
Where's the aloha for Hawaii bar owners?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:51 PM :: 2910 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s bars might be among those that have suffered the most under the confusing COVID-19 tier system ....

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Mayor Victorino vetoes hotel construction moratorium bill
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 2907 Views :: Maui County, Development, Tourism

"... concerned about unintended consequences such as pushing hospitality developments into communities outside of Maui’s resort areas ...."

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Monday, July 19, 2021
Ha'ena 'Adaptive Tourism' Plan Starts with Lots of Expensive Parking Tickets
By News Release @ 10:47 PM :: 2847 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... The HSP Master Plan caps daily visitation at Hāʻena to 900 people ....

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Thursday, July 15, 2021
​How an 1886 maritime law is holding back U.S. tourism
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2687 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... Some old laws have withstood the test of time. Some haven’t ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
2021 Legislature: DLNR Scores Fees and Positions
By News Release @ 9:33 PM :: 2688 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Tourism

... State lawmakers and DLNR leaders believe the 2021 legislative session was the most productive and effective for natural and cultural resources protection and support of any in recent decades ....

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021
COVID Spying: CLEAR Health Pass Gains Access to ALL of Your Medical Records
By News Release @ 6:00 AM :: 6327 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

"... I was asked to release all my medical records from Kaiser Permanente to CLEAR, not just the results of the vaccination ...." 

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Friday, July 9, 2021
HB862: State Tourism Policy a Schizophrenic Mish-Mash
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:06 PM :: 2601 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... If you want to find something that perfectly captures Hawaii’s schizophrenic tourism policy, you couldn’t do much better than House Bill 862 .... 

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Thursday, July 8, 2021
Hana Hwy: HTA asks visitors to travel with tour companies
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 2278 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... HDOT announced in a press release on June 10 that it has installed approximately 70 “no parking” signs on Hana Highway ....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Senators Override Five Ige Vetoes--More to Come
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 3047 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Tourism

... The Senate will reconvene on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 3:00pm to reconsider a potential veto override of HB53 and vote on proposed floor amendments to meet the Governor’s objections in his veto message for HB54, HB1299 and SB589 ....

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Ige Announces Final 26 Vetoes
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 3162 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... Ige announced that he has vetoed 26 of the 28 bills on his Intent to Veto list ....

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Go X Celebrates Hawai‘i’s Electric Foot Scooter Law
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 2955 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

... Electric foot scooter bill signed into law (Act 174) ....

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Akina rides with Perry & The Posse to lament the 'tracks of our tiers'
By News Release @ 5:19 AM :: 2973 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

“Just when you think we’d reached the prize, somebody moves our cheese. But what that really shows is a lack of transparency about the tier system.”

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Friday, July 2, 2021
Hawaii Vaccination Exception Program Begins July 8
By News Release @ 4:43 AM :: 2525 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The Safe Travels digital platform is now allowing vaccine document uploads for trips arriving in Hawaiʻi on July 8 and beyond ....

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Thursday, July 1, 2021
​City Doubles Hanauma Bay Entrance Fee to $25 per Tourist
By News Release @ 2:45 AM :: 2377 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... $25 entrance fee effective July 1 for non-locals 13 years and older ....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
​Funding the Hawaii Tourism Authority: TAT vs General Fund…Or?
By UHERO @ 12:04 AM :: 2895 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... According to the U.S. Travel Association, fourteen state tourism offices are funded either partly or entirely by a statewide lodging tax ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
630,000 Tourist Arrivals in May, 2021
By News Release @ 11:54 PM :: 2524 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... When compared to 2019, visitor arrivals in May 2021 were down 25.7 percent from the May 2019 count of 847,396 visitors, and visitor spending decreased 22.2 percent from the $1.41 billion spent in May 2019 ....

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021
89% of Tourists 'Fully Vaccinated'
By News Release @ 10:58 PM :: 2589 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... Repeat visitors were more likely to be fully vaccinated along with college graduates and those with household incomes above $100,000 ....

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Sunday, June 27, 2021
Secret Tax Relief for Hotels on Maui?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3505 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Taxes, Tourism

“...the coronavirus pandemic has challenged the County to make many unprecedented decisions. One such decision was to reduce the Assessed Values of Hotel and Resort properties due to the catastrophic drops in occupancy experienced by that industry....”

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Friday, June 25, 2021
HTA Poll Shows New Residents Like Tourists the Least
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 5:04 AM :: 3022 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... the highest percentage of respondents who said they do not think tourism is worth the issues came from residents ... who have lived in Hawaii for less than one year ....

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Thursday, June 24, 2021
No Quarantine for Vaccinated Mainland Travelers Starting July 8
By News Release @ 10:24 PM :: 2739 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Gov. David Ige announced that effective July 8, the State of Hawai‘i will eliminate its pre-travel testing/quarantine requirement for domestic travelers to Hawai‘i who have been fully vaccinated in the United States ....

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Friday, June 18, 2021
Hawaii Pre-Travel Testing Program Expands to French Polynesia
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 2546 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Hawaii - Tahiti flights begin Aug 7 ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
UHERO: Should the Counties Get a Share of the Transient Accommodation Tax?
By UHERO @ 11:05 PM :: 2701 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... The Legislature’s decision to strip the county’s share of TAT revenues is certainly a stark change from just a few years ago ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Blangiardi: I Support HB862 -- 3% TAT Hike for Counties
By News Release @ 10:02 PM :: 2629 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

"...I support HB 862 as it provides the City the option of restoring a revenue base which has been lost – allowing us to continue services to our people...."

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
European Travel Ban Takes 3.21% of Hawaii GDP
By Selected News Articles @ 2:48 PM :: 2632 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... States Hurt the Most by the European Travel Ban -- Hawaii 5th ....

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Saturday, June 12, 2021
Sen. Lee Introduces Bills to Repeal, Reform PVSA
By News Release @ 4:31 AM :: 2552 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) has introduced three bills to repeal and reform the Passenger Vessel Services Act of 1886 (PVSA), an outdated, protectionist law that harms American jobs and American tourism ....

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Friday, June 11, 2021
O‘ahu moves into Tier 4 allowing larger group sizes outdoors and improved operations
By News Release @ 3:20 PM :: 3146 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Social gatherings up to 25 people allowed outdoors ....

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Friday, June 11, 2021
Case and Kahele Announce $1.18 Million In Federal Grant Awards To 12 Native Hawaiian Organizations
By Ed Case @ 12:27 AM :: 3703 Views :: DHHL, Congressional Delegation, OHA, Tourism

... The funds target preservation of Native Hawaiian history, heritage and culture programs ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
DLNR: Tourists Must Pay $20 to Go Fish
By News Release @ 2:12 AM :: 3205 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Today, Gov. David Ige signed House Bill 1023 into law. It establishes and requires a marine recreational fishing license for all non-Hawai‘i residents ....

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
HB1019: Ige Signs $30M Fee Hike on Dive Tours
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 3239 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Depending on tourism numbers, the user fee could generate anywhere from $14 million to more than $30 million over 15 years ....

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Reform Jones Act and PVSA for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:29 AM :: 2622 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... President Joe Biden recently issued two Jones Act waivers ....

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Saturday, June 5, 2021
Ige: Inter-island travel restrictions end June 15
By News Release @ 3:48 AM :: 3109 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The governor also announced that beginning June 15, travelers entering the state who have been vaccinated in Hawai‘i may bypass quarantine without a pre-travel test ....

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Thursday, June 3, 2021
UH Survey of Resident Attitudes on Tourism
By News Release @ 6:02 AM :: 1876 Views :: Tourism

... A majority of residents favor limiting the number of visitors ....

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Saturday, May 29, 2021
Ige: More Re-openings at 60% Vaccination Rate
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 3471 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... wait until the State of Hawaii has vaccinated at least 60 percent of residents before allowing higher occupancy ....

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Friday, May 28, 2021
Alaska victory bodes well for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:39 PM :: 2570 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... A case of maritime-related common sense has broken out in Washington, DC. ...

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
484K Visitors to Hawaii in April, 2021
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 6:44 PM :: 2463 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... 484,071 visitors arrived by air service to the Hawaiian Islands in April 2021, down 43.0 percent from the April 2019 count of 849,397 visitors ... 

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Thursday, May 27, 2021
DBEDT: Hawaii Economic Recovery Accelerating
By News Release @ 12:36 AM :: 2698 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... DBEDT revised its economic growth projection for 2021 to 3.5 percent, up from 2.7 percent ....

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021
President Biden signs bill exempting Alaska Cruise Ships from PVSA
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:55 PM :: 2939 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... The Alaska Tourism Restoration Act provides the Last Frontier temporary relief from the 135-year-old PVSA, which requires foreign-flagged vessels carrying passengers between U.S. ports to stop in a foreign port as part of the itinerary .... 

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Saturday, May 22, 2021
April 2021 Hotel Revenues up 138%
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 4:28 PM :: 2467 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... ADR was more than double last year’s level ($300, +138.6%), and occupancy was 50.8 percent (+42.0 percentage points), which would have been disappointing performance pre-pandemic ....

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Monday, May 17, 2021
Facial Imaging Now Operational at Five Hawaii Airports
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 3250 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

... Airports Division announces the operation of Phase III of the thermal temperature screening and facial imaging project at Hawaii’s five major airports that accept trans-Pacific flights ....

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Thursday, May 13, 2021
What happens after Pride of America says ‘aloha’ to Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:14 AM :: 4585 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... If the 2,186-passenger cruise liner were redeployed or retired today, there would be no comparable ship to replace it under federal law ....

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Monday, May 10, 2021
Hirono: Lets Use COVID Aid to Blackmail United Airlines
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 5312 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

"... require any new PSP agreement with United Airlines or any applicant require the airline to refrain from outsourcing jobs ...."

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Saturday, May 8, 2021
Travel Weekly: Grassroot Institute Cruises the Last Frontier
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 2792 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... it's been deemed easier to work with Canada rather than those within the U.S. government committed to preserving the status quo ....

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