Hawai'i Tourism

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Isolated economies such as Hawaii, New Zealand and Western Australia are dominated by one major industry, thus leaving it open to external shocks. A new look explores these vulnerabilities and how economic diversification might be possible.

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A new report by research firm Omnitrak finds Generation X travelers - which defines the group as those between the ages of 35 and 54 - will be the group most ready to travel within the next six months.

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Using the a broad assessment of the labor market called the U6 unemployment rate, almost 20% of Hawaii workers are not fully employed.

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HONOLULU — A survey conducted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority has found that visitors to the islands between late December and early January were pleased despite limitations caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Economic Promise and Peril Awaits Hawaii in 2021

Jan 5, 2021
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2020 was a tumultuous year for the local economy in Hawaii and the outlook for 2021 remains mixed and uncertain.

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Canadian visitors not here yet; Hawaii Tourism Authority looks ahead to 2021; Covert Honolulu police unit trailed former medical examiner; Pursuing a career in social work

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HONOLULU — The partial reopening of Hawaii's largest hotel property is expected give work back to 250 to 300 employees after it shut down in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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WAILUKU — Some local shops and restaurants in a small town on Maui's north shore say they have experienced a boost in tourism since the state launched a pre-travel coronavirus testing program in October.

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Hawaii Opens Travel From Japan With Modest Results

Nov 16, 2020
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The state of Hawaii has expanded its trusted traveler program to include passengers arriving from Japan, but major obstacles remain for prospective Japanese visitors.

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Views on a changing visitor industry and Iolani Palace update; Community view from Lanai; Using state lands for the homeless in Waimanalo; Displaced from Crane Park; Hui Aloha helping the homeless; Perpetuating Hawaiian music

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Hawaii had more than 65,000 travelers arrive in the islands in the first week of its pre-travel coronavirus testing program, a state effort to get the tourism-based economy moving again amid the pandemic.

State officials said in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that 66,644 people were screened between the Oct. 15 launch and Thursday. Of those visitors — including returning residents, tourists and others — 41,783 tested negative for the coronavirus and were allowed to skip the previously required two weeks of quarantine.

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Major players in Hawaii’s air travel and lodging industries are taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the state’s new travel testing program.

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Unite Here! Local 5 wants a seat at the table to discuss tourism reopening plans; U.S. Navy asks UH for help on Red Hill fuel tank; HPD chief disputes case closing data; Teaching kids about physical distancing

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Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO on tourism reopening; Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii's role during COVID-19; Navatek CEO showed no sympathy to workers during pandemic; State and nonprofits launch job training for emerging industries

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Mainland travelers may be able to avoid quarantine if they get a negative COVID-19 test before arriving in Hawaii starting October 15th. But some say the one-test plan is unsafe for Hawaii.

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Hawaii's communities that survived the demise of plantations by transforming into tourist destinations are struggling as the coronavirus pandemic keeps away visitors.

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More workers in Hawaiʻi’s hotel industry are facing layoffs and extended furloughs despite state plans to reopen to out-of-state travel in August. Labor advocates are calling on state legislators to put an end to job cuts that have left thousands of residents out of work.

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Honolulu Mayor on reopening Transpacific travel Aug. 1; State Rep. concerned about school reopening; Military in Hawaii coping with COVID; Maui's Seabury Hall prepares for fall; How Hawaii businesses and politicians can leverage social media

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Leaders in Hawaii's tourism industry are waiting for a definitive date on when they can reopen. They're also preparing to reopen safely and giving a lot of thought to what the future of the industry might look like.

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Hotels prepare for tourists return; Unions advocate for worker protections; Cash flow to families abroad slow during pandemic; Returning to the dental chair

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As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe, Americans returning to the U.S. were entering the country without any health screening.

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Update from Hawaii's visitor industry; Honolulu orders bars and restaurants closed; Theater productions halt during coronavirus crisis; Sitting volleyball player preps for Paralympics

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University of Hawaii economists expected 2020 to be a better year for tourism than 2019, but that may not be borne out because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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After years of failing to address infrastructure problems at state airports, lawmakers will once again consider making a change this session.

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Total visitor spending declined and the value of private building permits decreased this year through September, signs that the Hawaii economy is ratcheting back.

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Fewer Chinese visitors are coming to Hawaii, according to the latest figures from the Hawaii Tourism Authority. That matches a broader trend for the United States.

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