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Monday, March 15, 2021
New COVID Relief Law Creates $29 Billion Grant Program For Local Restaurants, Bars
By News Release @ 8:08 PM :: 1886 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... The grant is equal to the business’s pandemic-related revenue loss: 2019 gross receipts minus 2020 gross receipts ....

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Thursday, March 11, 2021
Vaccinations for Age 65+ and Tourism Industry Workers Begin Monday
By News Release @ 11:48 PM :: 1908 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

"...This includes people who work in hotels and hospitality, food service, banking and finance, transportation, construction, media, logistics, information technology and more...."

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Alaska cruising crisis shows need for flexibility in U.S. maritime law
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:13 AM :: 1644 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... Like Hawaii, Alaska relies heavily on tourism .... 

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
Grassroot Institute supports Alaska bid seeking exemption from cruising ban
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:50 PM :: 1916 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... Alaska's tourism industry is in deep trouble because foreign cruise ships may not carry passengers between U.S. ports without a foreign stop ....

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Saturday, March 6, 2021
'Safe Travels' App to Become Vaccination Passport?
By News Release @ 2:16 AM :: 2813 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... vaccination records will be supported by the standards being developed under the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Ige Approves Kauai Return to 'Safe Travels' Program
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 1822 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism, COVID-19

... with the legislature threatening to force Kauai back into the fold, it's 'game over' for anti-tourism activists--for now .... 

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Friday, March 5, 2021
UHERO: Recovery Poised to Accelerate
By UHERO @ 7:00 AM :: 1908 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Falling virus counts and vaccination progress set the stage for a strengthening visitor industry recovery ....

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Kauai asks to rejoin Hawaii Safe Travels program in April
By News Release @ 2:49 AM :: 1950 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism, COVID-19

... At this time, more than 24,000 doses of vaccine have been administered on Kaua‘i, and by April we are confident that employees in the hospitality and food service industries will be offered vaccines ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
HB1314: Grabs TAT from Counties
By Tax Foundation @ 8:13 PM :: 1542 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Repeals the allocation of transient accommodations tax revenue to the counties ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
January 2021 visitor arrivals drop 80.1%
By News Release @ 12:04 AM :: 2204 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... In January, a total of 171,976 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service, compared to 862,574 ....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Tops in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:02 AM :: 2567 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

... In December, Hawaii had the highest unemployment rate among the states at 9.3%, followed by Nevada at an unemployment rate of 9.2%. Both of these rates are higher than the national unemployment rate of 6.7%....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
HTA: January Vacation Rental Demand Down 74%
By News Release @ 3:12 AM :: 1702 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... monthly demand was 167,500 unit nights ....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
COVID Closes Canadian Ports, Alaska Seeks Passenger Vessel Services Act Waiver
By News Release @ 5:23 AM :: 2008 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism, COVID-19

... Archaic Protectionism Is Set to Sink Alaska Cruises ....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
HTA: January Hotel Occupancy 23.3%
By News Release @ 5:05 AM :: 1927 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... statewide RevPAR decreased to $58 ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Tax Frenzy at the Legislature - No one's wallet is safe!
By Video @ 3:03 AM :: 2811 Views :: DHHL, Energy, Gambling, Taxes, Tourism

... tax-related bills pending at the Legislature, including legalizing gambling, new conveyance taxes, new rental vehicle taxes, new carbon taxes, new proposed constitutional amendment ....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Auditor: Stadium Authority has substantial doubt about its ability to continue as a going concern
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:28 AM :: 3262 Views :: Development, Higher Education, Tourism

... the Authority reported total revenues of $6.9 million and total expenses of $13.5 million, resulting in a net loss of $6.6 million ....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
HTA Releases Results from Special Visitor COVID-19 Study
By News Release @ 3:48 PM :: 1574 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... surveyed visitors from the U.S. mainland who visited Hawaii in the first two weeks of December 2020, to gauge their experience with Hawaii’s Safe Travels program ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
COVID Tourism: 2020 visitor arrivals total 2.7 million
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 1687 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... For all of 2020, total visitor arrivals declined 73.8 percent from the previous year .... 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
COVID Tourism: TVR Occupancy 40.5%
By News Release @ 12:24 AM :: 2095 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

... monthly demand was 251,300 unit nights (-59.9%), resulting in an average monthly unit occupancy of 40.5% (-34.9%) ...

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Monday, January 25, 2021
DoH Announces 60 previously unreported COVID deaths
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 1688 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The deaths occurred in August through December, 2020 with 51 deaths reported on O‘ahu, six on Hawai‘i, and three on Maui ....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
December 2020 Hawaii Hotel Occupancy 23.8%
By News Release @ 7:24 PM :: 1878 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... In December 2020, Hawai‘i hotels statewide reported substantial declines in revenue per available room ....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
How Trump Waikiki Sold out in 8 Hours
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 AM :: 2538 Views :: Development, Tourism

... All that was required of Trump was to show up at the Imperial Hotel ballroom in Tokyo to gladhand a bunch of Japanese buyers and have his photo taken with them under the US and Japanese flags....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
Money to Burn: Virtual Community Meetings Planned for New Aloha Stadium Boondoggle
By News Release @ 1:19 AM :: 2561 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Development, Rail, Tourism

... The public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) project concludes on Feb. 8 ....

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Thursday, January 21, 2021
Case Reintroduces Bill to Regulate Air Tours
By Ed Case @ 8:56 PM :: 1951 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Small Business, Tourism

... He reintroduces his Safe and Quiet Skies Act targeting increasing safety and community disruption concerns from tour helicopters and small aircraft operations ....

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Thursday, January 14, 2021
Court Order: All commercial aquarium fishing completely banned in Hawaii
By News Release @ 11:56 AM :: 2347 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

... until the aquarium fishing industry has completed the Chapter 343 environmental review process ....

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Thursday, December 31, 2020
River of Life to Leave Chinatown
By News Release @ 4:35 AM :: 2345 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Small Business, Tourism

... will relocate to Iwilei homeless services zone ... 

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Monday, December 28, 2020
HTA: Tourism at 23% of Last Year's Rate
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 11:37 PM :: 1917 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... In November 2020, visitor arrivals decreased 77.3 percent compared to a year ago ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Survey says more than half of Hawaii restaurants will shut down for good by April if tourism doesn’t increase
By News Release @ 6:08 PM :: 2169 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... There is a consensus among restaurateurs that a lack of communication, transparency, and planning by the government is to blame for the economic hardships they now face. ...

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Hotel Report: Occupancy 20%
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 5:53 PM :: 1930 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

...a new policy went into effect on November 24 requiring all trans-Pacific travelers participating in the pre-travel testing program to have a negative test result before their departure to Hawai‘i....

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020
US Senate Report: Whistleblower Retaliation Behind Hawaii Helicopter Crashes
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 3127 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Tourism

... Allegations of Misconduct at the Honolulu Flight Standards District Office ....

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Thursday, December 10, 2020
Next Boondoggle: 3 Finalists Named for Aloha Stadium Project
By News Release @ 4:44 AM :: 2988 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... This RFQ includes the new Aloha Stadium complemented by a mix of developments that will connect to the rail station ....  

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
COVID: Honolulu biggest increase in preference for short-term leases
By Selected News Articles @ 11:56 PM :: 1904 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... Since July, 26.8 percent of users searching in Honolulu from somewhere else in the country were looking for a short-term lease, up significantly from 14.9 percent at this time last year....

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Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Maui County seeks bar closures
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 1869 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

"...The Maui District Health Office reported that numerous positive cases are tied to close interactions among patrons in bar settings...."

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
Maui County Has The Highest Jobless Rate In America
By Selected News Articles @ 9:14 PM :: 2922 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... With a population with a strong demographic base, what has happened to the job situation which makes it so high? The answer in a word is “tourism” ....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020
House Leaders: Safe Travels Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 2248 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Business leaders, legislators urge Gov. Ige to walk back changes to travel plan ....

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Monday, November 30, 2020
State to Pay 50 'Remote Workers' to Move to Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 6871 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...50 Remote Workers Will Be Accepted into the First Cohort of the Program and Receive a Free Round Trip Ticket to Hawai‘i....

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Saturday, November 28, 2020
Ige Approves -- Kauai to Opt-out of Tourism Reopening
By News Release @ 12:33 AM :: 2566 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism, COVID-19

...Effective Dec. 2 at 12:01 a.m., all transpacific and intercounty travelers arriving in Kaua‘i are subject to the 14-day quarantine regardless of testing....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Ige issues 16th COVID-19 emergency proclamation
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 2480 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

...tightening restrictions for trans-Pacific travelers heading to Hawai‘i....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Expedia, Airbnb, Caldwell Announce Short-term Rental Agreement
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 2117 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Under the agreement, Airbnb will create two new fields on its listing—one for the City-issued Tax Map Key (TMK) number and another for the Transient Accommodations Tax License Number (TAT) ....

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020
October: Tourism Down 90.4%
By News Release @ 4:58 PM :: 2009 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... slightly more travelers arrived in Hawaii than in previous months, when testing was not an option ....

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Friday, November 20, 2020
Ige "COVID-19 testing results must be in hand prior to departure"
By News Release @ 11:04 AM :: 1766 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...If test results are not available before boarding the final leg of the trip, the traveler must quarantine for 14 days or the length of the stay, whichever is shorter....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Blaisdell Audit: Only 7% of Ticket Sales Open to General Public
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 2594 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Small Business, Tourism

...Insider holds and presales reduce the number of tickets available to the general public and restrict accessibility for local residents....

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Sunday, November 8, 2020
A Ham-Fisted Way of Getting Folks Back to Work
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2240 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Tourism

... The proposal is called Bill 80 ....

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Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Post Arrival Tests Show Less than 1 in 1,000 Tourists Positive
By News Release @ 1:29 AM :: 1680 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...10 confirmed positives out of 11,027 tests conducted for a positivity rate of .091%....

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Monday, November 2, 2020
Ige Seeks More 'Trusted Testing Partners'
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 1791 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...seeking additional trusted testing partners for domestic transpacific travel as part of the state’s pre-travel testing program....

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Friday, October 30, 2020
Federal PVSA is pilau
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:43 PM :: 2101 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... As Hawaii struggles to rebuild its economy following the COVID-19 lockdown, we are faced with big questions about the future of our tourism industry. ...

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
September: 18,686 Visitors
By News Release @ 6:37 PM :: 1711 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...In September 2020, a total of 18,868 visitors traveled to Hawaii by air service, compared to 736,155 in September 2019....

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Thursday, October 29, 2020
Who Needs DoT? Private Management Can Take Over Dillingham Airport
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 2177 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...three management companies have been identified that could take over airport administration from the Department of Transportation....

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Hawaii COVID Travel Testing Expands to Japan
By News Release @ 11:22 PM :: 1888 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... State announces 21 trusted testing partners in Japan ....

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Hawai'i Tourism Reopening Strategy: Make COVID Positivity Numbers Look Good
By Andrew Walden @ 10:08 PM :: 3030 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... on Oct 7, the HawaiiCOVID19.com ‘dashboard’ added 131,999 new tests to the total ....

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