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Thursday, February 28, 2013
HTA: Visitor Arrivals Rise 5.9% from January 2012
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 6586 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Total expenditures by visitors who came to Hawai‘i in January 2013 rose 5.7 percent (or $77.3 million) from January 2012....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
UHERO: Minimum Wage Hike Unlikely to Help Working Poor
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 7863 Views :: Economy, Labor, Tourism, Cost of Living

...higher minimum wage is unlikely to accomplish the stated goal of raising the living standards of the working poor....

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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Jerking the Hotel Industry Around, You Can’t Trust Lawmakers
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:55 AM :: 6161 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Recognizing the need to help the state balance it books, the hotel industry agreed to a temporary increase in the TAT rate which was increased two percentage points from 7.25% to 9.25%. The temporary increase is supposed to expire on June 30, 2015....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
UHERO: Weakening Japanese Yen Will Cap Tourism Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 2:11 PM :: 6092 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Air carriers have optimistically boosted scheduled seats from Japan, although in our view yen depreciation and higher room rates will act to limit further Japanese market gains....

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Friday, February 8, 2013
Suckers: HTA Maneuvered into Supporting Tax Hike On its Own Industry
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 6731 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Just bluff an increase in TAT and they all line up in favor of extending the ‘temporary’ 9.25% rate....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
HTA: 2012 Arrivals, Spending Set New Records
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 6306 Views :: Economy, Tourism

Growth in total visitor expenditures and arrivals in every month of the year elevated annual 2012 total visitor expenditures to a record $14.3 billion....

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Monday, January 14, 2013
$150M Tax Ruling "Will Significantly Reduce Demand for Hawaii Vacations"
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 9130 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

“This ruling will significantly increase costs for all tour operators, travel agents, OTCs, and other travel intermediaries...."

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Economist: Visa Waivers Behind Hawaii Tourism Boom
By Selected News Articles @ 2:02 PM :: 7260 Views :: National News, World News, Tourism

...there's still lots of room for Mr Obama's administration to do more, and the US Travel Association has a great plan to further improve the situation....

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Friday, December 7, 2012
UHERO: Developing Countries Buoy Asian Growth
By News Release @ 8:53 PM :: 5539 Views :: World News, Tourism

Higher income Asian economies have suffered the most from the trade falloff. At the same time, labor markets and fiscal conditions in East and Southeast Asian developing countries remain far stronger than in the developed world....

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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Video: South Park Ridicules Kauai Malihini
By Video @ 5:34 AM :: 9876 Views :: Kauai County, Agriculture, Tourism, GMOs

One of the subplots of the South Park episode is about residents of Kaua'i claiming to be natives of Hawaii when they're just longtime residents who got there before the more recent tourists, whom they despise....

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Thursday, May 31, 2012
No Mention of Gay Marriage as State Gives NFL $4M to Bring ProBowl Back One More Year
By News Release @ 2:31 PM :: 6655 Views :: Family, Tourism

The Pro Bowl will resume in Hawaii on Jan. 27, 2013, one week before the Super Bowl in New Orleans. But poor timing is the NFL's first mistake....

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Monday, January 30, 2012
HTA: Visitor Industry Showed Strong Growth in 2011
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 5149 Views :: Tourism
The month of December 2011 reached $1.298 billion in visitor spending, the highest single month on record.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011
Lihue TSA Worker Sues, Claims Sex Assault
By Selected News Articles @ 11:46 PM :: 9866 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, Tourism

Marugame claims a TSA investigator (TSI) "sexually assaulted her" on Aug. 26, 2009....

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Sunday, November 6, 2011
Occupy Honolulu: Waikiki Shooting was “Round One”
By Selected News Articles @ 11:55 AM :: 16653 Views :: Homelessness, Law Enforcement, Tourism

"...those doing the attacking will die...." -- Occupy Honolulu

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Friday, June 10, 2011
Abercrombie doubles down against Pro-Bowl: "It's Time We Get Our Priorities Straight"
By Video @ 5:22 PM :: 9555 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Politicians, Tourism

"It's Time We Get Our Priorities Straight," a message from Governor Neil Abercrombie, June 10, 2011

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Sunday, June 5, 2011
$134 Million Mystery: DoTax suddenly admits “unusual reporting, systemic problems, inconsistencies”
By Andrew Walden @ 1:22 AM :: 9494 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

The Hawaii Department of Taxation is seeking an outside auditing firm to look at "systemic problems" with DoTax tax revenue reports.... 

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Thursday, February 24, 2011
FT: Complacent Honolulu out of its league, not ready for APEC
By Selected News Articles @ 8:09 PM :: 11913 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

It didn’t really seem anyone was in a great rush to pull out the paint and scrub-brushes for the arrival of the world’s media, business chiefs and heads of state for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum meetings in November. At Honolulu’s wonderful, breezy, open-to-the-elements airport there’s little to suggest this is a city that wants to be in the same league as the likes of Seoul, Sydney and Osaka.

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Friday, September 18, 2009
Defeating the "homelessness industry" before it gets a grip on Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 12:17 PM :: 20198 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Tourism

The ACLU is threatening a lawsuit against the City of Honolulu after the City Council voted to ban sleeping on sidewalks.  Today's Star-Bulletin editorializes:

Councilman Charles Djou introduced the bill because of concerns about how the homeless sleeping on Waikiki sidewalks is affecting tourism. Djou maintains that refusing to allow the chronically homeless to sleep on sidewalks would "put the hammer on people getting the help they need."

Djou needs to cite a precedent where such tough compassion has actually worked.

The answer is embarrassingly simple: Los Angeles. 

This leads to an obvious question the Star-Bulletin editorialists must answer:

Where has your laissez-faire attitude towards homelessness ever produced anything but more homelessness?

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Saturday, June 7, 2008
‘Protection racket’ shakes down resort workers, ruins parks
By Patrick Walsh @ 1:46 AM :: 9141 Views :: Hawaii County , Labor, Tourism

Knife wielding goons demanded money from campers.  Public workers sleep through their shift.  Pavilions are filthy and littered with broken glass.

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