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Monday, August 26, 2013
When sharks bite, Hawaii tourism worries
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:09 PM :: 3037 Views :: Tourism
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Shark Attacks: DLNR Launches Two-Year Study
By News Release @ 3:23 PM :: 3049 Views :: Environment, Tourism

In 2013, there have been eight incidents, including four within the last month. Four of this year’s incidents occurred on Maui....

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Thursday, August 15, 2013
Final Judgment: Online Travel Companies Owe State $246M
By News Release @ 10:21 PM :: 3417 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...final judgment in favor of the State of Hawaii and against nine Online Travel Companies selling Hawaii hotel rooms over the Internet....

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Saturday, July 27, 2013
HTA: Arrivals, Spending Up
By News Release @ 1:39 AM :: 2786 Views :: Tourism

Visitors who came to Hawai‘i in June 2013 spent a total of $1.3 billion, an increase of 7 percent from June 2012....

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Hawaiian Airlines: Strengthening Dollar Undermines Results
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 2551 Views :: Tourism

On our international routes we are seeing the strengthening of the dollar undermine some of the excellent results we have had in the last couple of years but this portion of our business remains the core focus of our expansion plans....

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Sunday, July 21, 2013
Study: Cruise Ships Contribute $386M to Hawaii Economy
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 4867 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Jones Act, Tourism

Hawaii, which had been among the top ten states in previous studies, fell from 8th in 2008, to 11th in 2009, and now to 13th in 2012....

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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach Harasses Combat Disabled Veteran, Apologizes
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 4707 Views :: Military, Tourism
Photo: Please help us spread this around: Yesterday, one of the combat disabled vets that frequents this page attempted to check into The Hyatt Place in Waikiki, HI. He was tagging along with his wife, who is government employee. Their family is being relocated to HI and this trip was for them to find adequate housing for the family and their two small children while they are stationed out there for the next few years. The trip was booked through SATO (mil travel). While checking in, this vet was approached by the hotel's General Manager, a man named Imre Gonczy, who asked about the service dog who was standing at the counter with his owner. The service dog was wearing a clearly marked "SERVICE DOG" vest and had it's paperwork with it. (The picture attached is the dog in question.) The hotel's GM, Gonczy, challenged the service dog's role and asked questions that, by federal law he is not allowed to ask, and then stated, " I can't tell you you can't stay here... but I will tell you I don't like it." From that point, in the vet's own words: "The GM then proceeded to tell me to avoid all public areas due to my service dog, not to eat at the breakfast buffet, and should I need to walk "that thing", I was told to call ahead to the desk to inform them I was coming down the elevator and then I was expected to walk about 250m east down an alley, cross a major road in Waikiki (about 8 lanes total across) and walk him on the front lawn of the Honolulu Zoo. Then he informed me they'd also be charging me pet fees because he's not a service animal, he's a service "dog." When I asked him politely "Is this how you treat all combat vets w/ disabilities? You do understand you're violating a handful of laws right now?", he smiled and grabbed my shoulder and said "why don't we discuss this in my office"" Unacceptable. Period. Unacceptable, according to federal law. Unacceptable according to human decency. Unacceptable treatment for a combat disabled veteran. Again, please share this. I believe Imre Gonczy needs to learn a valuable lesson regarding the proper treatment of our nation's veterans. Thanks, Shaggy.
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Monday, July 15, 2013
Federal Court Strikes Down Kauai Vacation Rental Rules
By Robert Thomas @ 4:22 PM :: 4154 Views :: Kauai County, Tourism

The court concluded that the Charter amendment adopted by the voters was, in reality, a prohibited zoning initiative....

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Monday, July 15, 2013
New Business Immediately Attacked by DLNR
By News Release @ 3:34 PM :: 4018 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

DLNR will hold a public information meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, July 18....

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Sunday, June 30, 2013
Tourism: Record Visitors, Flat Spending Since 1989
By UHERO @ 6:31 PM :: 3404 Views :: Tourism
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Friday, June 28, 2013
State Senate Shakes Up Committee Structure
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 5156 Views :: DHHL, Hawaii State Government, OHA, Tourism
Two committees have been added, splitting the current Committee on Tourism and Hawaiians Affairs (THA) into two separate subject matter committees.... 
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
NRDC: Hawaii Ranked 4th in Beachwater Quality
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 3706 Views :: Environment, Tourism

3 beaches (1%) had more than 20% of their samples exceed state standard(s)....

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Honolulu Revealed As Highest-Priced U.S. City This Summer
By News Release @ 4:15 AM :: 2995 Views :: Tourism

Honolulu rings up the biggest tab as the most expensive U.S. destination with a TripIndex cost of $504.94, while Las Vegas offers the most affordable stay at $272.94...

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Thursday, May 30, 2013
Vanished Hawaii Travel Agent Ordered to Pay $4.2M
By News Release @ 9:50 PM :: 4031 Views :: Tourism

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Collins Kilgore ordered Ope Saaga to pay $407,003.93 in restitution to consumers and $3.86 million in civil penalties....

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Abercrombie Defends Convention-goers Fired for Hawaii Pension Conference 'Boondoggle'
By News Release @ 3:28 PM :: 3697 Views :: Tourism
Detroit Free Press: Hawaii-bound pension trustees may face removal by emergency manager....

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Friday, May 10, 2013
UHERO: Are lodging costs starting to tame the tourist boom?
By News Release @ 10:49 PM :: 3690 Views :: Economy, Tourism

...visitors to the state appear to be booking shorter trips and spending less at local shops, perhaps in response to higher hotel room rates....

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Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Pacquiao Takes Fight in Macau, U.S. Federal Income Tax Rate Proves Too High
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 1:40 PM :: 3361 Views :: Taxes, Tourism
“Manny can go back to Las Vegas and make $25 million, but how much of it will he end up with – $15 million?"
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Friday, April 26, 2013
Tourism: First Quarter 2013 Sets New Record
By News Release @ 3:41 PM :: 2621 Views :: Tourism
Every day, an average of $44 million was spent in the state from January through March....
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Thursday, April 04, 2013
Stimulus Japan Style: Cost of Hawaii Vacation Jumps 3% Today
By Andrew Walden @ 1:53 PM :: 5322 Views :: World News, Tourism

The Yen-denominated price of Hawaii vacations jumped 3% today and has increased 23% since September....

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
China set to Increase Outbound Tourism
By News Release @ 1:43 PM :: 2802 Views :: Tourism
“The Outline for National Tourism and Leisure (2013-2020),” recently issued by the government of China, sets the ground for the redefinition of tourism development....
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Online Travel Companies Ordered to Pay $70M, Appeal Planned
By News Release @ 12:38 AM :: 6419 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Tax Appeal Court Judge Gary W.B. Chang yesterday granted the State of Hawaii’s motion for summary judgment....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
NFL: Pro Bowl in Hawaii One More Year
By News Release @ 6:14 PM :: 3586 Views :: Tourism

The Pro Bowl is back for 2014, and it's back in Hawaii. After that, we'll just have to see....

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Monday, March 18, 2013
Abercrombie: Hotel Industry TAT Concerns are "Propaganda"
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 4832 Views :: Economy, Taxes, Tourism

...the governor interrupted by saying he has been hearing “the same propaganda.”

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Friday, March 08, 2013
Airlines Bet Big On Hawaii With 275,000 Additional Seats
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 4627 Views :: Economy, Tourism

...direct flights to Hawaii will exceed 2.6 M for the three month period between February and April 2013. This is an increase of more than 11%....

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Thursday, March 07, 2013
60 Minutes Video: China's 'Ghost Cities' -- Biggest Bubble Ever?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 2:33 PM :: 6374 Views :: World News, Economy, Tourism

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
SB894 Held as Turtle Bay Opens New Negotiations with State
By News Release @ 4:25 PM :: 5709 Views :: Environment, Development, Tourism

SB 894 would authorize the state to expend funds, swap land and explore other solutions to help preserve Turtle Bay lands.  This bill can be brought back next year, if negotiations fail, or to implement terms of an agreement....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
HTA: Visitor Arrivals Rise 5.9% from January 2012
By News Release @ 8:43 PM :: 4665 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 :: 5643 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 :: 4668 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 :: 4462 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 08, 2013
Suckers: HTA Maneuvered into Supporting Tax Hike On its Own Industry
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 5476 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 :: 4638 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 :: 7609 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 :: 5398 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 07, 2012
UHERO: Developing Countries Buoy Asian Growth
By News Release @ 8:53 PM :: 4048 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 :: 7275 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 :: 4969 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 :: 3913 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 01, 2011
Lihue TSA Worker Sues, Claims Sex Assault
By Selected News Articles @ 11:46 PM :: 7773 Views :: Kauai County, Labor, Tourism

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

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Sunday, November 06, 2011
Occupy Honolulu: Waikiki Shooting was “Round One”
By Selected News Articles @ 11:55 AM :: 13874 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 :: 7155 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 05, 2011
$134 Million Mystery: DoTax suddenly admits “unusual reporting, systemic problems, inconsistencies”
By Andrew Walden @ 1:22 AM :: 7330 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 :: 9590 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 :: 16285 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 07, 2008
‘Protection racket’ shakes down resort workers, ruins parks
By Patrick Walsh @ 1:46 AM :: 6450 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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