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Tuesday, August 9, 2016
TVR in a Ag Condo: Must Your Neighbors Approve?
By Robert Thomas @ 8:12 PM :: 3660 Views :: Tourism

HAWICA Rejects Planning Department's Formalistic Definition Of "Applicant" In Vacation Rental Case....

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Hawaii Court Orders Online Travel Companies to Pay Rental Car Taxes
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 4022 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...expected to be in the millions of dollars....

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
Visitor Arrivals, Expenditures Increased in First Half of 2016
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 3770 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

June 2016 Arrivals Up 4.2 Percent, Expenditures Gained 4.3 Percent....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Hawaii Timeshares: Highest fees in USA
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 3547 Views :: Tourism

U.S. Vacation Timeshare Industry Shows Increased Growth in 2015: Another Year of Substantial Growth....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Former AG: Hawaii’s Short-Term Rental Regulation Preempted By Federal Law
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 6000 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

“There are ... concerns about the legality of 2015’s Act 204.... It is our hope that Governor Ige will allow HB 1850 to become law...."

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Friday, July 1, 2016
Tourism: Visitors Up, Spending Down
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 3970 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Average daily spending by Japanese tourists is down 10.1% ....

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Friday, June 10, 2016
Hawaii Dairy Farms Publishes Draft Environmental Impact Statement
By News Release @ 5:15 PM :: 6829 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture, Tourism

The findings of the Draft EIS demonstrate that Hawaii Dairy Farms will be protective of the environment and serve as a model for sustainable agriculture in the Islands.....

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Multi-Year Deal: NFL moving Pro Bowl to Orlando
By Selected News Articles @ 5:39 PM :: 5642 Views :: Tourism

The NFL’s Pro Bowl contract with Hawaii’s tourism authority expires on May 31....

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Friday, May 27, 2016
April 2016: Visitor Expenditures Decline 1.1 Percent
By News Release @ 9:31 PM :: 4007 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...but total visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands increased 3.4 percent from a year ago to 700,573 visitors....

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Auditor: HTA Lacks Cohesive Marketing Plan
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:59 AM :: 4517 Views :: Tourism

...Follow-Up on Recommendations Made in Report No. 13-09, Audit of Major Contracts and Agreements of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority....

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
HTA: Visitor Arrivals Set New Record
By News Release @ 4:45 PM :: 3996 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands in March 2016 set a new record for the month with 786,262....

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Thursday, March 31, 2016
HTA: Visitor Spending up 1.2% for February
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 4173 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total spending by all visitors was $43.3 million per day in February 2016....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Caldwell’s Zoo Loses Accreditation
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 4778 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

...the AZA is concerned the city has not provided adequate funding to the zoo on a consistent basis....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Plan to renovate or rebuild Aloha Stadium could become a taxpayer boondoggle
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:24 PM :: 3410 Views :: Tourism

...HB 1847 establishing a Sports & Entertainment Authority and HB 2229 creating a task force to keep the Pro Bowl in Hawaii....

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Thursday, March 10, 2016
Grassroot: Lies, Statistics, and Government Statistics
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:25 PM :: 3356 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Does the Pro Bowl really brings revenue to the state?

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Grassroot: Pro Bowl Numbers Don’t Add Up
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:29 AM :: 3690 Views :: Tourism
"Though the HTA claims that the Pro Bowl brings more than 47,000 visitors to the state, independent economists studied the data and place that number closer to 6700."
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Friday, January 29, 2016
Where Do Americans Take Their Retirement Income?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:52 PM :: 4165 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...retirees tend to live in rural or suburban areas with pleasant climates....

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Thursday, January 28, 2016
8.6M–Tourism Sets New Record for 2015
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 3992 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

For the fourth straight year, Hawai‘i’s tourism industry set new records....

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Study: HTA Faking Pro Bowl Tourism Numbers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:08 PM :: 4866 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...HTA claimed, up to 47,000 additional tourists visited the Hawaiian islands to watch the game...analysis of flight records at all of Hawaii's airports around game time found that claim to be false....

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Monday, January 25, 2016
Bishop Museum to ‘Focus on Disposition of Assets’
By News Release @ 11:44 AM :: 5479 Views :: Hawaii History, Tourism

This new model prioritizes Bishop Museum's Kapālama campus and...the disposition of assets that no longer fit the long-term mission and goals of the Museum....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Report: Return County TAT Deal to Status Quo Ante
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 5:16 PM :: 7001 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

Report of the 13-person Working Group....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Real ID Begins Jan 10: Will Washington State Residents Need Passport to Fly to Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:13 PM :: 5900 Views :: Tourism

For California, the passport requirement is set to take effect May 10 ....

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Hawaii Visitor Arrivals Set New Record for November
By News Release @ 2:26 AM :: 4362 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Extends streak of nine consecutive monthly records total visitor expenditures increased 2.5 percent....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Bill to drop American Samoa flight fee reaches Senate
By Michael Hansen @ 1:13 PM :: 5908 Views :: National News, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill that would exclude intra-state air transportation within the U.S. Territory of American Samoa from federal aviation cabotage....

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Saturday, December 19, 2015
TAT Already Applies to TVRs—but DoTax Not Enforcing it
By Selected News Articles @ 1:38 PM :: 4482 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Star-Advertiser is calling for new laws when existing laws aren’t enforced by the state....

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Thursday, December 17, 2015
Class Action Suit Filed over Canceled Soccer Game
By Selected News Articles @ 1:25 PM :: 3690 Views :: Tourism

Honolulu residents Roxayne Spruance and Leimomi Dierks brought the suit on Dec. 8 against the United States Soccer Federation, Stadium Authority of the state of Hawaii ....

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Sunday, December 6, 2015
US Soccer Champs Cancel -- Aloha Stadium Unsafe Field
By News Release @ 11:16 AM :: 3810 Views :: Tourism

U.S. Soccer has cancelled the U.S. Women’s National Team Victory Tour match scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 6, at Aloha Stadium....

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Thursday, December 3, 2015
Hawaii Hotels Will Collect $271M in “Resort Fees” This Year
By News Release @ 12:37 AM :: 3565 Views :: Tourism

New Study by Travel-Hawaii.com Reveals Rush of Hawaii Hotels to Implement the Fees....

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Visitor Arrivals Set New Record, but Spending Drops
By News Release @ 5:40 PM :: 3559 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands reached a new record for the month of October, with a 4.8 percent growth to 692,930 visitors....

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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Tourism: US Arrivals Make up for Japanese Decline
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 5629 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

The report indicates a shift in the visitor market....

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Saturday, November 7, 2015
What Does "Waikiki" Mean? - Variances, Safety Valves, And A "Hawaiian Sense Of Place"
By Robert Thomas @ 9:17 PM :: 6965 Views :: Environment, Development, Tourism

...Justice Pollack benchslapped the Department on each of the three variance standards....

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Visitor Arrivals Reach Record High in September
By News Release @ 1:30 AM :: 3886 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...an increase of 4.7 percent to 652,616 visitors....

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Online Travel Companies Pay $53.1M Hawaii Tax Judgment
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 3866 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

including Travelocity.Com, LLP, Expedia, Inc., Orbitz, LLC, and Priceline.Com, LLP....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
HTA: Visitor Arrivals Set New Record in August
By News Release @ 9:32 PM :: 3655 Views :: Tourism

There were 1,074,914 total air seats to Hawai‘i in August 2015, up 5.4 percent from the same month last year....

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Friday, September 25, 2015
UHERO: Tourism, Construction Lead Economy
By UHERO @ 4:41 PM :: 5684 Views :: Economy, Rail, Tourism

Tourism is pushing toward new records, and the construction upswing is building in strength....

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Public Comments Invited on Project to Erect Wall Around Ala Wai Canal
By News Release @ 11:49 PM :: 5282 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Tourism

The meeting will be held at Washington Middle School from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Weds Sept 30....

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Friday, September 11, 2015
Sen Ted Cruz Backs Airline Deregulation for American Samoa
By Michael Hansen @ 9:22 PM :: 5163 Views :: Republican Party, Tourism

The US territories cannot vote in the presidential election, but are able to vote in selecting a candidate for the Republican and Democratic parties in their local caucuses....

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Friday, September 11, 2015
Media Monopoly Grabs for Tourism Market
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 3111 Views :: Tourism

Francis stressed that Hawaii.com will complement, not compete against, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau’s (HVCB) GoHawaii.com site....

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
After Lying, Caldwell Admin Finally Admits Waikiki Flooding is Purely Due to City's own Incompetence
By Selected News Articles @ 2:00 AM :: 7835 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Tourism

... Caldwell 'Running from Controversy', 'Wasn't Around' During Crisis, 'Not the First Time' ....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
HTA: July Tourist Arrivals Up 5.6%, Spending Up 4%
By News Release @ 11:32 PM :: 4255 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Higher daily spending contributed to increased visitor expenditures on Maui (+7.2% to $2.6 billion) and Kaua‘i (+16.3% to $981 million). Visitor expenditures on O‘ahu ($4.2 billion) and Hawai‘i Island ($1.1 billion) were comparable to a year ago....

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Travel Technology Industry Applauds Maui's Proactive Approach to Short-term Rentals
By News Release @ 2:55 PM :: 4727 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

The Travel Technology Association supports formal regulations that legalize short-term rentals....

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Sunday, August 9, 2015
HTA "Will Continue to Monitor the Jones Act"
By Michael Hansen @ 12:05 AM :: 4907 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

HTA has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a cruise development consultant....

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Friday, July 31, 2015
Travel Taxes: The Hidden Trifecta
By NCPA @ 11:50 PM :: 4701 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Hotel occupancy taxes also appear to eat into the budget tourists set for their vacation trips. Such an effect was empirically observed in Hawaii in 2013....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
HTA: Visitor Arrivals, Spending Up in First Half of 2015
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 4003 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands rose 4% and visitor spending increased 3.5%....

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Thursday, June 25, 2015
Visitor Arrivals Jump 9.3%
By News Release @ 11:18 PM :: 4077 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Total Visitor Expenditures Increased 10.4 Percent to $1.2 Billion....

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Saturday, June 20, 2015
$418M 'Clean Energy' Tax Hike: Fewer flights and fewer visitors to Hawaii would be expected
By Andrew Walden @ 6:26 PM :: 10226 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tourism, Cost of Living

...it is OK that their plan would gut the tourism industry because it would also drive Hawaii's cost of living up to the point where residents could no longer afford to leave....

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Monday, June 8, 2015
Travel Assoc: FAA Bill before Congress Should Cut Taxes on Airfares
By News Release @ 12:42 PM :: 4029 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Organization presents comprehensive policy platform to lower aviation taxes, promote airline competition and fix air travel infrastructure in coming FAA reauthorization....

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Sunday, June 7, 2015
UHERO: Neighbor Island Tourism Still Has Room to Grow
By UHERO @ 3:08 PM :: 5028 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Tourism will see additional healthy gains on the Neighbor Islands for the next two years, before rising occupancy and costs begin to bring down growth rates, something that has already occurred on Oahu....

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Sunday, June 7, 2015
Whither the Resort Fee?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5162 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

By adding a resort fee of $25 to a room rate of $125, the hotel brings in $150 per night but it can advertise a $125 room rate....

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Deja vu: Offshore wind plan vs. whales and solar
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 7326 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tourism

Today’s newspaper front page reports on an offshore wind energy proposal that brings back memories of a similar plan way back in 2008....

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