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Sunday, March 4, 2018
By the Way, Could We Have $50 Million More?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4856 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

...In the middle of this process, sometimes a letter from the Governor arrives saying, “We need to make some adjustments...."

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Thursday, March 1, 2018
Visitor Spending $1.69B in January 2018--Highest Monthly Total in Hawaii History
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 3909 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Air Service to Hawai‘i Increased 9.7 percent in January....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Vacation Rental Home Is "Public Accommodation" -- Lesbians are Mandatory
By Robert Thomas @ 3:15 AM :: 6264 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

...the court held they could be held liable, even though it is their home, first concluding that renting out a room in your home qualifies as offering a public accommodation, even though it is your residence....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Auditor: HTA Gives Millions to Contractors Without Documentation
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 2:19 AM :: 4396 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

...HTA’s autonomy, which includes permanent funding and an exemption from the State Procurement Code, has facilitated lax oversight, deficient internal controls, and, ultimately, less accountability....

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Saturday, February 17, 2018
Manufacturer Questions Report of Kauai Drone-Helicopter Collision
By News Release @ 12:26 PM :: 6305 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...In other cases, incidents first reported as drone collisions turned out to involve a bat, an internal malfunction and a plastic bag....

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Friday, February 16, 2018
Will Caldwell Bumbling Wipe out North Shore Surf Contests?
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 4438 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...the Mayor acknowledged the need to overhaul the permit rules, to support competitive opportunities....

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
$1.1B for New Airport Concourse
By News Release @ 12:56 AM :: 4454 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tourism

...Construction is scheduled to begin in five years....

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Friday, February 2, 2018
American Samoa ID to be Rejected at Airports Starting Feb 5
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 5798 Views :: National News, Law Enforcement, Tourism

...American Samoa is not in compliance with the REAL ID Act and Federal agencies will not accept driver's licenses and identification cards from American Samoa as of February 5, 2018....

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Thursday, February 1, 2018
Hawaii Tourism Industry Set New Record Totals in 2017
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 4648 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...$16.78 Billion in Visitor Spending; $1.96 Billion in Generated Tax Revenue; 9.38 Million Visitor Arrivals; 12.23 Million Air Seats Serving Hawai‘i; 204,000 Jobs Supported Statewide....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Report: Hawaii is an Expensive Place to Get Married
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 6664 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...the cost only adds more stress, with the average couple shelling out over $35,000 for their big day....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
HSTA Pushing Massive Property Tax Hike
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 6231 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Tourism

....more money and less accountability....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
DLNR Website Promotes Legal Hiking Trails
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 4331 Views :: Environment, Tourism

...More than 100 Trails in Na Ala Hele Trail & Access Program Featured....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Fishermen’s Alliance and Aquarium Fishery Team Up To Save Industry, Protect Environment
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 5292 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

“...The state has a responsibility to ensure its natural resources are managed in a scientifically credible way for the benefit of all its citizens. We look forward to being partners in this important work....”

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Hotels Set New Records in 2017
By News Release @ 6:03 PM :: 5050 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Statewide Average Daily Rate Rose to $319 in December -- Highest of Any Month in 2017....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
New Catamaran Delivered for West Oahu dolphin tours
By Michael Hansen @ 1:45 AM :: 5940 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...the vessel is already in service and hosting tours along the West side of Oahu....

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
DoTax Data: 25,500 Vacation Rentals paying TAT in Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 7:15 PM :: 5098 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Tourism

..."This means there are way more than suspected filers actually paying their transient accommodation taxes than originally estimated"....

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
HTA Maps: How Many TVRs in Your Neighborhood?
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 5435 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Tourism

...Hawaii Visitor Accommodation Units Surpassed 80,000 Statewide in 2017....

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Monday, January 8, 2018
Bed Bugs: Honolulu Ranks 48th
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 4477 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Tourism

...“They were virtually unheard of in the U.S. 10 years ago”....

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Saturday, December 30, 2017
Tourist Arrivals up 7.3% in November
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 3480 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.29 billion in November 2017, an increase of 4.5 percent compared to a year ago....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
After Years, State finally goes public on Rat Lungworm
By News Release @ 1:58 AM :: 5609 Views :: Hawaii County , Health Care, Tourism

...Tourists are attracted to places with well-known Rat Lungworm infestations.  it is a selling point.  Really....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
UHERO: Hawaii’s Long Expansion Gets Global Economic Lift
By UHERO @ 3:38 PM :: 4761 Views :: Economy, Tourism

...Improving global conditions provide a favorable environment for continued expansion in the Islands....

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Ethics: Top HTA Execs Busted Taking Travel Upgrades
By News Release @ 12:20 AM :: 5257 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

...Top HTA Exec solicited thousands of dollars in travel perks from Hawaiian, JAL, Starwood, China Air, and others.... 

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Monday, December 11, 2017
Draft EIS for Natatorium set to be complete by summer 2018
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 5814 Views :: Honolulu County, Military, Tourism

...four alternatives proposed for the facility....

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Friday, December 8, 2017
Airports Division spreads the red tape
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:47 PM :: 4380 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...The pilot program requires the rideshare drivers to pay 7 percent of each fare to the state Airports Division....

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Sunday, November 26, 2017
DOTAX Litigation: Are Car Rentals “Tourism Related Services”?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4377 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Should they re-evaluate their tax filings now that the Department’s litigation position is out in the public for all to see?

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
DBEDT: 9.5M Tourists Expected in 2018
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 5134 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

"...air seats will increase by 8.5 percent during the first three quarters of 2018....”

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Monday, November 20, 2017
What's in the Secret Air BnB Agreement?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 AM :: 6697 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...This report evaluates twelve publicly released agreements that Airbnb has entered with state or local governments....

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Friday, November 17, 2017
UHERO: 25 Years Later we still don't know what Sustainable Tourism is
By UHERO @ 3:18 AM :: 3388 Views :: Tourism

...the report concludes that Hawaii is not yet at the stage of overtourism....

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Sunday, November 12, 2017
Island Air: Did the Airports Division bamboozle Fitch Ratings?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:42 AM :: 7084 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tourism

“The Airports Division expects near-term traffic results will be better than projected due to Island Air expanding interisland traffic...." -- Fitch Ratings, October 26, 2017

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Sunday, November 5, 2017
Petition: Protect Short Term Rentals on Hawaii Island
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 5738 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

Vacation house rules in works: Regulating ‘unhosted’ rentals seen as way to preserve housing for residents....

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Saturday, November 4, 2017
DoH Website Reports Beach Water Quality
By News Release @ 4:05 AM :: 4875 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Upgrades provide easier navigation and more information....

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Judge Invalidates Aquarium Collectors Permits
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 6537 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

...DLNR continues to believe that existing aquarium fishing practices are sustainable and environmentally sound....

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Thursday, October 26, 2017
HTA: Visitor Spending and Arrivals up Again
By News Release @ 4:40 PM :: 3423 Views :: Tourism

...Visitor Spending Rose 7.1 Percent to $12.56 Billion in First Three Quarters of 2017--Arrivals Increased 4.9 Percent to 7 Million Visitors....

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Monday, October 23, 2017
Study: Timeshares Add $5.3B to Hawaii Economy
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 5559 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Impact Also Includes 31,727 Jobs and $263 Million in State & Local Taxes....

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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Caldwell signs bills creating Waikīkī Transportation Management Special Improvement District
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 6946 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Tourism

...bills passed by the Honolulu City Council last week create and authorize the Waikīkī Transportation Management Special Improvement District....

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Friday, September 29, 2017
Hawaii Visitor Spending Grows 6.1 Percent in August 2017
By News Release @ 1:12 PM :: 3816 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total visitor arrivals rose 4.8 percent to 818,581....

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Sunday, September 3, 2017
Rail:  I Dunno About TAT
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5904 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...The TAT, when it was enacted in 1986, was primarily meant to fund the Hawaii Convention Center....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Visitor Spending Increases 9.8% in July 2017
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 4199 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Visitor spending statewide increased through the first seven months of 2017 (+8.9% to $9.95 billion)....

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Tourism: $8.4B in First Six Months
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 2927 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Visitor Arrivals Increased 4.3 Percent to 4.6 Million....

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Saturday, July 15, 2017
Can American Samoa Break Hawaiian Airlines Monopoly?
By Michael Hansen @ 4:29 PM :: 5714 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

...American Samoa seeks federal avaition cabotage waiver....

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Sunday, July 2, 2017
Carving Up the Price of Car Rentals
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4601 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

One of the legislative bills that is now being considered by Gov. David Ige is a curious bill, HB 735, involving the car rental industry.... 

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Friday, June 30, 2017
Hawaii Visitor Spending up 8.7% in May 2017
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 3854 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...In addition, total visitor arrivals rose 4.5 percent to 751,191....

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Saturday, June 10, 2017
Hilo: DLNR Land Lease Ends with Demolition of Hotel
By News Release @ 12:53 AM :: 5914 Views :: Hawaii County , Land Use, Tourism

...prepare for a new phase of de-vitalization of Banyan Drive....

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Friday, June 9, 2017
TVRs: No Taxation Without Legalization!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:48 AM :: 4598 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...state lawmakers are eager to capture $26 million dollars in tax money every year from short-term vacation rentals....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Hawaii Visitor Spending Rose 9 Percent in April 2017
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 5146 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Four Largest Visitor Markets Reported Growth in Spending and Arrivals....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
The case for short-term rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:37 AM :: 5933 Views :: Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...the home sharing economy helps locals deal with Hawaii’s cost of living....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
UHERO County Forecast: Economies Still Growing, But Slowing
By UHERO @ 11:59 PM :: 4552 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Prospects are good for continued growth in each of Hawaii’s four counties, if at a slower pace than in recent years....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
The Right to Couch Surf: Home-sharing in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:13 PM :: 3970 Views :: Tourism

It's easier than ever before to rent space in your house, but a movement to crack down on home-sharing may threaten this new and evolving industry....

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Visitor Spending Up 12.3% in March 2017
By News Release @ 2:41 PM :: 3927 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...Japan Market Led the Growth in Spending and Arrivals....

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Friday, April 28, 2017
Chaos: Rail Tax Bill Suddenly Turns into ‘Illegal’ 2.75% TAT Hike
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 9:55 PM :: 6832 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Shifting Burden to Hotels Will Hurt Tourism and Employment....

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