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Sunday, May 29, 2022
​Oahu’s problematic short-term rental ban
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:55 AM :: 160 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Have you been renting out a room to help pay your mortgage? ....

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Friday, May 27, 2022
Tourism Recovery Accelerated in April
By News Release @ 8:21 PM :: 153 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... 818,268 visitors in April 2022, representing a 96.3 percent recovery from April 2019 and the highest recovery rate since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in Hawaii. Visitors spent $1.6 billion, an increase of 21 percent compared to the $1.32 billion reported for April 2019 ....

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Thursday, May 19, 2022
COVID Cut Hawaii Marriage Rate 48%
By Selected News Articles @ 3:37 PM :: 388 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... of the 50 states, Hawaii saw the largest decline in marriage rate, dropping from 14.2-per-1,000 residents in 2019 to 7.4 in 2020 ....

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Thursday, May 12, 2022
UHERO: Real income will decline 5% this year
By UHERO @ 3:00 PM :: 448 Views :: Economy, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Inflation in the Islands hit 7.5% in March ....

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Friday, May 6, 2022
Did Hawaii Beat the Virus?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:33 AM :: 783 Views :: Hawaii History, Tourism, COVID-19

... At great cost, isolation from the world delayed the spread until vaccines and treatments were available ....

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022
​Honolulu's new restrictions on short-term rentals take effect in October
By Selected News Articles @ 6:00 PM :: 626 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Oahu's available vacation rentals have already fallen over 37% since 2019, more than any other island ....

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Monday, May 2, 2022
​Are we on the verge of a historic change in state tourism policy?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:34 AM :: 867 Views :: Tourism

... the state Hawaii Tourism Authority might receive no funding at all ....

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Sunday, May 1, 2022
Short-term rental ban will disrupt Honolulu economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:56 PM :: 924 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... a new city enforcement division consisting of seven new employees whose sole duty will be to ferret out Honolulu homeowners who dare to rent out their homes or parts of their homes for less than 90 days ....

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Thursday, April 28, 2022
Visitor Arrivals Reach 85% of March 2019 Level
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 513 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... and total spending by visitors who came to the islands in March 2022 was $1.53 billion, which was higher compared to the $1.49 billion (+2.5%) reported for March 2019 ....

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Blangiardi signs Bill 41 outlawing some Short Term Rentals
By News Release @ 5:27 AM :: 566 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... The measure was passed by the Honolulu City Council on April 13, 2022 by a vote of 8-to-1 .... 

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Monday, April 25, 2022
Vacation rental ban won’t solve Hawaii housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:25 PM :: 849 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Oahu tightened the screws in 2019. Yet, housing prices still went up. Even when vacation rental usage declined during the lockdowns, it didn’t result in a significant drop in housing costs....

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Thursday, March 31, 2022
February Tourist Count Down 23.5% from Pre-COVID Peak
By News Release @ 4:49 PM :: 704 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... February 2022 visitor spending was lower than the $1.46 billion (-10.4%) spent in February 2020 ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
Discouraging short-term rentals won’t ease housing shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 AM :: 882 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Honolulu rents since 2018 have continued to increase, despite a downturn in short-term rental stays during that time frame ....

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Friday, March 25, 2022
Lawsuit challenges rule banning swimming with spinner dolphins in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 865 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

... The Pacific Legal Foundation said the ban was an unlawful move by a low-level federal bureaucrat who destroyed a business avenue central to the livelihoods of many in Hawaii ....

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Sunday, March 6, 2022
UHERO: Economic Recovery Comes with End of COVID Restrictions
By UHERO @ 4:24 PM :: 692 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Optimistic UHERO forecast with Omicron end, expected return of international visitors ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Tourists Evacuated: Drugged-out Homeless Zombies Torch Hotel After DLNR Cuts Security
By News Release @ 8:15 PM :: 1719 Views :: Homelessness, Tourism, Drugs

"...An interim security contract at the property lapsed at the end of December 2021.  DLNR continues to explore cost-effective options for further securing the property...." -- DLNR

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Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Ige: Safe Travels to End March 25
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1157 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Incoming passengers will no longer be required to create a Safe Travels account or provide travelers information and trip details ....

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Monday, February 28, 2022
Tourist Spending Down 19% from Pre-Pandemic Numbers
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 645 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... tourist headcount down 29.8% ....

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Wednesday, February 9, 2022
Safe Travels: Ige Drops Planned Booster Shot Requirement
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1166 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... booster shots will not be required for “up-to-date” vaccination status for individuals traveling to Hawai‘i ....

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Friday, January 28, 2022
December, 2021: Tourist Spending Down 5.5% from 2019
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 856 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... the tourist headcount is down 20.9% ....

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022
COVID Emergency: Ige Extends Partial Suspension of Sunshine Law
By News Release @ 11:02 PM :: 942 Views :: Ethics, Tourism

... will remain in effect through March 25, 2022 ....

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
Short-term rentals a convenient scapegoat?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:07 PM :: 1202 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Based on how short-term vacation rentals are so often portrayed, I wouldn’t blame you if you thought their owners were all terrible people ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Marketing: Hawaii Resorts Score 'Green Business Awards'
By News Release @ 12:31 PM :: 832 Views :: Environment, Tourism

... A total of 14 venues and events were recognized ....

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Bill 41 Could Squash Short-term Rentals
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:47 AM :: 1391 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... Honolulu Council Bill 41, that would limit "short-term” rentals on Oahu to no less than 180 days at a time ....

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Saturday, January 8, 2022
Hotel moratorium bill: Maui Council Overrides Veto
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 1751 Views :: Maui County, Development, Tourism

“If we don’t provide the right type of visitor accommodations in the right places, we could see an influx of vacation rentals in our residential neighborhoods."

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
DoT: Hawaii Harbors Reopen to Cruise Ships
By News Release @ 9:59 PM :: 914 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... the State of Hawaii will be requiring participation in the State’s Safe Travels digital platform to upload proof of vaccination or negative test results for cruise lines arriving in Hawaii from outside the state ....

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Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Tourist Spending Down 11.5% from 2019
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 887 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... November 2021 visitor spending was lower compared to the $1.34 billion (-11.5%) reported for November 2019 ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
‘Tourist tax’ surcharges threaten Hawaii recovery
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:52 AM :: 1075 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... the Aloha State now has the highest tourist taxes in the nation, topping out at 17.75% ....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
HTA: Fewer Tourists Paying More Money
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 9:53 PM :: 878 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Compared with November 2019, RevPAR was 3.8 percent lower, driven by lower occupancy (-19.4 percentage points) which could not be offset by increased ADR (+27.5%) ....

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Sunday, December 19, 2021
The New County TAT Earmarks Aren’t the Real Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 976 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... these debates are meaningless ....

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Friday, December 17, 2021
UHERO: Renewed international travel restrictions reduce near-term visitor outlook
By UHERO @ 4:15 PM :: 995 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Economic recovery resumed with the end of Hawaii’s COVID-19 wave. Now Omicron is a new threat .... 

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Friday, December 17, 2021
Honolulu most expensive car rental destination for Christmas
By News Release @ 12:13 AM :: 1239 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Honolulu travelers spend a minimum of $754 for a rental car Christmas week ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Blangiardi signs bill to recover lost Transient Accommodations Tax revenue and give it to Rail
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 1161 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Translation: The Legislature took the counties' share of the state TAT away but let them impose their own TAT.  I'm giving it to rail -- so, in effect, other city services have been cut to fund rail but -- like a shell game -- with so many moving parts, the public has been deceived....

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Sunday, December 5, 2021
Kauai Wipes out 1,450 illegal TVRs
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 1975 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

“...With a combined effort of increased enforcement, as well as partnerships with third-party platforms such as Expedia, the Kaua‘i Planning Department estimates that illegal vacation rentals on Kaua‘i have gone from roughly 1,500 in 2017 down to less than 50 today....”

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Friday, December 3, 2021
Oahu's new 'tourism tax' will affect residents, too
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:19 PM :: 1401 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... projected revenues from the tax fall short of what the project needs to cover its budget shortfalls ....

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
October, 2021 Visitor Spending Down 15.3% from 2019
By News Release @ 1:17 AM :: 1103 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... A total of 550,781 visitors arrived by air service to the Hawaiian Islands in October 2021, mainly from the U.S. West and U.S. East. ...

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Sunday, November 21, 2021
After Decade, City, State Finally Eliminate Turtle Beach Traffic Jam
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 1054 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... For many years various solutions have been discussed ....

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Tuesday, November 9, 2021
7,000 Legal Vacation Rentals on Maui in Jeopardy
By Video @ 4:19 PM :: 1954 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

... a Maui County Council proposal that aspires to create more housing on Maui by phasing out about 7,000 vacation rentals ....

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Sunday, November 7, 2021
What is the Passenger Vessel Services Act?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:42 AM :: 1326 Views :: Jones Act, Tourism

... cruise ships that are registered in Bermuda or the Bahamas are required to sail to Fanning Island, 1,000 miles to the south of Hawaii ....

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Thursday, November 4, 2021
City introduces amended short-term rental bill
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 1495 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... Bill 41 Relating to Transient Accommodations was transmitted to the Council by the Honolulu Planning Commission last month and is scheduled for First Reading at its full Council meeting on Nov. 10, 2021 ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
SB666: Unconstitutional Entry Fee for Tourists
By UHERO @ 5:37 PM :: 1269 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... lump-sum entry fees assessed on visitors only are legally problematic in the U.S. as they may be judged to impede travel between states and discriminate against non-residents in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Ige Eases COVID Rules for Gyms, Bars, Restaurants
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 1596 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Kawakami: New state order ‘essentially forces’ vaccine requirements ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Ige Opens Door to International Travelers Following US Rules
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 1046 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... The State of Hawaiʻi will welcome international travelers under the new federal requirements starting next Monday, Nov. 8 ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Maui County TAT Takes Effect
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 1296 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... the Maui County Transient Accommodations Tax (MCTAT) goes into effect November 1, 2021 ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Maui Council Proposal Would Outlaw 7,300 Legal Vacation Rentals
By News Release @ 5:53 AM :: 1778 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... eliminating TVR use from these subject condominiums would result in a possible loss of $23 million in revenue annually, and upwards of $74 million in annual revenue lost overall ....

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Monday, November 1, 2021
There’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government measure
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:03 AM :: 1332 Views :: Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

... the federal funds made it unnecessary for our legislators to take all of the TAT funds. But they did it anyway ....

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Friday, October 29, 2021
PVSA Reform: Hawaii congressional delegates missing opportunity to help Hawaii tourism?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:37 PM :: 1293 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act, Tourism

... Hawaii risks being left out in the cold unless its delegates to Congress act quickly to help reform the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act ....

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Thursday, October 28, 2021
September Tourist Arrivals Down 31%, Spending Down 15%
By News Release @ 9:21 PM :: 1179 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... total spending by visitors who came to the islands in September 2021 was $1.05 billion ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
County TAT could further debilitate Hawaii tourism
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:06 PM :: 1482 Views :: Economy, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is still in a state of emergency, tourism has slowed, businesses are closing and unemployment is high. The economy will take years to recover ....

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Thursday, October 21, 2021
Hawaii Hotel RevPAR Down 13.5% from 2019
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 2:39 PM :: 1207 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... When compared to September 2019, statewide ADR was higher in September 2021 but RevPAR was lower due to less occupancy ....

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