tourism

Ready, Set, IUCN!

Aug 31, 2016

    

The World Conservation Congress of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature or IUCN starts tomorrow at the Hawai‘i Convention Center and the Neal Blaisdell Center.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

The International marketplace in Waikīkī opens today as a re-imagined shopping mall.

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What does it take to run the biggest resort in the state? Pacific Business New interviews Debi Bishop to find out. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has the story.

In April, Debi Bishop was named managing director of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Not only is it the largest resort in the state, it is also the largest Hilton in the world, by number of guest rooms.  2,860 rooms to be exact, spread among seven towers across 22 acres.  About 3,000 people work at the Hilton Hawaiian village. Bishop is responsible for every facet of the operation.

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Simon Yeo / Flickr

The tourism industry is always looking for new ideas—whether they involve visitors coming to Hawai‘i or traveling elsewhere in the world.  But a proposal floated this week by a government official in Thailand may not gain a big international following.  HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Thailand wants to track its tourists closely….by way of a computer chip.  A government agency wants all foreign tourists to be issued SIM cards.

The Conversation: Monday, June 27th, 2016

Jun 27, 2016
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How Will BREXIT Affect Tourism; Entertainer Little Albert; A Lawsuit for Special Ed Studetns; Basketball and Lysistrata

Brexit Impact On Hawaii Tourism: Dr. Eugene Tian

The Conversation: Thursday, June 9th, 2016

Jun 9, 2016
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Outlook for Tourism on Maui; Combining Jazz and Reggae with Monty Alexander; Land Use on the Valley Isle; Magician-Storyteller Yasu Ishida

Maui’s Tourism Industry: Terryl Vencl

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liverbright / Pixabay

The start of peak travel season is still a few weeks away, but it’s already been a strong year so far for Hawai‘i’s hospitality industry.  Visitor arrivals had a record first quarter, and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority expects a strong summer.  In Thailand, a busy period for one island has led to a different result. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

When it comes to tourists, one of Thailand’s popular beach spots is just saying no.

Or no thank you…..at least for the time being.

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Virgin Australia announced plans to resume flights to Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu later this month.  Major airlines suspended flights in and out of Bauerfield International four months ago because of concerns over the safety of the main runway.  More from Neal Conan in the Pacific News Minute.

So how does a country so heavily reliant on tourism allow it's international airport to deteriorate so badly?  At a news conference at Bauerfield earlier this week, deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman answered, "Neglect by successive governments."

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www.bluewaikiki.com / Flickr

  2016 has already been an extremely volatile year for global stock markets. That’s raised some questions about economic strength in the Asia Pacific—and particularly in three countries that are crucial for Hawai‘i’s tourism market. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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November was another record-breaking month for the hospitality industry in Hawai‘i. The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority reports visitor arrivals were up nearly four-percent from a year ago. HPR’s Bill Dorman has some of the stories behind the numbers.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

The period between Christmas and New Year’s is a popular vacation time in many places around the world—including Hawai‘i. This year, one of Hawai‘i’s most popular markets for tourism is having a record year of its own. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Tourism in Japan has already grown by about 50% compared to a year ago…and that’s not even counting December.  About 18-million travelers came to Japan through November—blowing past a record set last year.

Hawaii Eyes Asian Markets in Tourism Outlook

Dec 9, 2015
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Flickr / Marvin Chandra

Officials from the state’s biggest industry shared their plans for promoting the islands to key international markets, including China, Southeast Asia, and Korea. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

It was mostly good news at Tuesday’s tourism briefings. For example Hawai‘i saw a 29% increase in travelers from China this year, bringing it up to the fourth most popular destination in the United States.

September Another Record High For Hawaii Visitors

Oct 28, 2015
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Flickr / Prayitno

It’s another record month for tourism in the islands. More than 650,000 visitors traveled to Hawai‘i in September. But as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, the amount of money they’re spending is beginning to decline.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

It’s been nearly a year since tourism officials funded a plan to tackle Waikīkī’s homeless problem. Now they’re looking to expand the model to neighbor islands, starting first on Maui. HPR’s Molly Solomon has an update.

Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

One of Hawai‘i’s most popular beaches is back in business. Honolulu city officials announced the reopening of Waikīkī and Ala Moana Beach after test results revealed nearshore waters were no longer contaminated. And while the beaches were closed for two days, tourism officials are hopeful it won’t impact the image of Hawai‘i as a visitor destination. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

For many tourists in Waikīkī, this week was not the Hawai‘i vacation they had anticipated.

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garycycles7 / flickr

Authorities in Thailand continue their investigation into Monday’s bombing that killed at least 20 people and injured more than 120 others in Bangkok. On Tuesday, a smaller explosive was tossed from a bridge near a pier. It fell into the water, and no one was injured. But government leaders are concerned about the impact of the violence on a critical part of the Thai economy: tourism. HPR’s Bill Dorman more in today’s Asia Minute.

Is Hawaii Doing Enough To Attract LGBT Tourism?

Aug 19, 2015
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Flickr/Guillaume Paumier

Dozens of tourism officials are meeting today in Waikīkī to discuss LGBT travel in Hawai‘i. Hotels, tour groups, and local businesses are hoping to better promote the islands as a destination for the gay market. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, many question whether the state tourism agency is doing enough.

Jack Law is no stranger to the LGBT traveler. His popular gay bar, Hula’s Bar and Lei Stand, has been a mainstay at the edge of Waikīkī since 1974. He says back then, Hawai‘i was one of the top destinations for gay travelers.

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www.bluewaikiki.com / Flickr

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority says figures show the islands are on pace to set another record for visitors this year. Another set of islands also appears to be headed for new levels of tourism in 2015: Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has details in today’s Asia Minute.

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www.bluewaikiki.com / Flickr

Tourism numbers would seem to be at all-time highs, but a deeper dive into the data shows that the visitor spending may not be as rosy as it appears. Pacific Business News Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has more.

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準建築人手札網站 Forgemind ArchiMedia / Flickr

This was a busy week for Hawai‘i’s tourism industry. Japan’s “Golden Week” holidays made up the first part of the week, and as summer approaches, overall visitor numbers are likely to increase. When it comes to Chinese travelers, one location in South Korea has turned into an unlikely tourist destination. HPR’s bill Dorman has that story in today’s Asia Minute.

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Edmund Garman / Flickr

Visitor arrivals to the islands continue to be strong. But as much as we hear about record tourist numbers, not everything in the industry is as rosy as it may appear. Pacific Business News recently spoke with several top tourism executives. Editor in Chief A. Kam Napier has details.

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Nicolas Lannuzel / Flickr

Visitor spending in Hawai‘i has begun to plateau a bit over the early months of 2015. For international visitors, some of that is related to the continued strength of the dollar. Currency issues are also hitting another tourism market in the Pacific: Singapore. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Cherry Blossom Politics

Mar 31, 2015
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Dick Thomas Johnson / Flickr

Cherry blossom season in Hawai‘i peaked a couple of months ago. But across East Asia, this is prime time for viewing the flowering trees. And that’s brought up some tensions about history that carry a political tone. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Robert Scoble Via Flickr Commons

Visitor arrivals to Hawai‘i rose slightly last month, up a little more than 2% compared to a year earlier. Visitor spending fell by a little more than 4%. One group with higher numbers: the Chinese. And that’s a trend that’s growing elsewhere around the Pacific. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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2014 was a record year for tourism in Hawai‘i. As the global market for hospitality continues to develop, specialty areas are emerging. And some of those are not likely to involve Hawai‘i. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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There’s word this week of new round of competition for Hawai‘i’s tourism industry. One destination has long been a rival when it comes to travelers from the west coast of the mainland. But now tourist officials there are pursuing another market: China. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Bill Dorman
Bill Dorman

  It’s official, 2014 was a record year for tourism. The final numbers aren’t yet in for Hawaii, but they are for Japan. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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One trend of Hawaii’s tourism industry over past year has been a growing number of visitors from China. While the numbers are still small compared to Japan, they’re increasing. And China’s government is taking a new step that may improve the travel experience for all parties concerned. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Maui No. 1 for Vacation Rentals

Dec 26, 2014
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While hotels continue to be the accommodation of choice for most visitors to Hawaii, short-term vacation rental units have been growing in popularity. That’s especially true on Maui. A recent study commissioned by the Hawaii Tourism Authority reports that there are more vacation rental units on Maui than on any other island in the state. Eileen Chao has more from The Maui News. 

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  A relatively small city that has big plans for tourism has been named the top travel destination for 2015 by Lonely Planet. It’s been a country for less time than Hawaii’s been a state, and if you’re flying from Honolulu, you’ll need to change planes at least once. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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