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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.

www.bluewaikiki.com / Flickr
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.

www.bluewaikiki.com / Flickr
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.

Edmund Garman / Flickr
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.

Robert Scoble Via Flickr Commons
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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Pixabay commons

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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Wikipedia Commons

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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Wikipedia Commons

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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Wikipedia Commons

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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Pixabay commons

  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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Flickr Commons

  Later this month, Hawaii Island will host a unique gathering combining science, science fiction, fantasy and a lot of enthusiastic fans. It's a fan convention called Hawaii Con.  HPR's Sherry Bracken caught up with one of the organizers and has a preview.

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Flickr Commons

  This continues to be a busy summer for visitors to Hawai‘i. A growing number of those travelers are coming from China. The numbers are still relatively small compared to visitors from other countries. But in South Korea, the numbers of Chinese travelers, and their economic impact are much bigger. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Pixabay commons

  According to the latest tourism figures, about 25,000 visitors came to Hawai‘i from Australia in June. While Hawai‘i remains a popular destination for Australians, some of their travel choices may soon face restrictions. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  There’s been some mixed economic news this week from one of Hawai‘i’s key tourism markets. South Korea’s pace of economic growth is slowing, but it’s about to get some help from the government. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

New Ferry Pier for Lahaina Harbor

Jul 11, 2014
Flickr Commons / Joe Parks
Flickr Commons / Joe Parks

  Lahaina Harbor on Maui is going to be getting a new ferry pier. It’s designed to ease congestion, but the state Department of Land and Natural Resources revised its plans after hearing from the community. Eileen Chao has more from the Maui News. 

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Wikipedia Commons

  The tourism industry always gets a lot of attention in Hawaii. As most local residents know, the leading overseas market for visitors to Hawaii is Japan. But Japan is also becoming a more popular destination for travelers. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

Redevelopment Cleared for South Maui Resort

Jun 2, 2014
Eileen Chao
Eileen Chao

  A proposal to redevelop a resort in south Maui cleared a major hurdle this week. The Maui Planning Commission approved the plan to make a series of changes to the Makena Beach and Golf Resort. Eileen Chao reports from the Maui News.

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www.scmp.com via Creative Commons

  Memorial Day weekend is one of the most popular travel holidays in the United States. But this year, it also marked the middle of a travel period for a large group of Chinese visitors to the United States. In fact, it’s a record breaking group. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Seoul’s Hotel Boom

May 19, 2014
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Wikipedia Commons

  South Korea remains a growing market for tourists coming to Hawaii. For travelers going to South Korea, hotel rooms can be a challenge, especially in the capital city of Seoul. But that’s beginning to change. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

Competition for Hawai'i Tourists on the Horizon

May 13, 2014
Wayne Yoshioka

Hawai’i’s $15 billion visitor industry is in the process of diversifying and re-tooling to meet an onslaught of competition from other tourist destinations. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

The State had an $844 million budget surplus last year and the 4 counties are now asking the legislature to reinstate their share of tourism revenues.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.   

Hawaii Ecotourism Association
Hawaii Ecotourism Association

Tourists are increasingly seeking a vacation experience that values local culture and the environment. This growth in eco-tourism has prompted a nonprofit, Hawaii Ecotourism Association, to promote a more sustainable type of travel. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports.

Tourism 2014

Jan 3, 2014
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Flickr Commons

  While the final figures aren’t in yet, 2013 already looks like a record year for tourism in Hawaii. But both visitor arrivals and spending have been falling for the past three months. What about this year? HPR’s Bill Dorman looks ahead at some of the travel trends for 2014.

Nils Nilson
Nils Nilson

Seasonal events in Hawaii vary according to location.  On the Big Island, it's time for one of the biggest events of the year, the Ironman Triathlon World Championship.  The race itself isn't until this weekend, but as HPR's Sherry Bracken reports, participants have already begun to arrive.

Flickr / Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ
Flickr / Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ

If you see more Chinese tourists than usual in the islands this week, it might be because this is China’s “Golden Week.” It’s one of the country’s semi-annual set of holidays—the other one comes in the spring. But this fall’s holidays come with a new set of rules. HPR’s Bill Dorman explains in today’s Asia Minute.

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Flickr / mickdejong

Any international passengers coming to Hawaii have to clear customs in Honolulu. That was not always the case. Up until last year, visitors from overseas could travel directly to Kona. But now the Kona Customs Facility is closed. From Hawaii Island, HPR's Sherry Bracken explains why.

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