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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Omidyar Wins by Losing: Kauai Court Ruling Forces Farms to File EIS
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 11374 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture, Tourism, Pierre Omidyar

By voluntarily filing an EIS for his dairy farm on Kauai, Omidyar has now brought about a court ruling for the first time ever mandating EIS for farmers statewide....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
Is Hawaii's Hotel Room Tax Law Obsolete?
By UHERO @ 6:59 PM :: 4747 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

With tax collections falling behind expectations, State lawmakers are pressuring the tax department to increase effort to collect uncollected taxes from internet sales....

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Thursday, March 2, 2017
California Company Helps Hawaii Marijuana Dealers Plan Sales to 9M Tourists
By News Release @ 4:28 AM :: 6237 Views :: Tourism, Drugs

Company Plans to Expand Customer Base Domestically and Internationally in New Cannabis Markets....

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017
First Month of Trump Economy: Visitor Spending up 10.1%—Arrivals Jump 4.9%
By News Release @ 1:49 AM :: 3829 Views :: Tourism

Visitor spending increased from U.S. West (+19.8% to $544 million), U.S. East (+6.7% to $433.1 million) and Japan (+26.5% to $200.4 million)....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Economy: DBEDT Drops 2017 Growth Projection to 1.8%
By News Release @ 9:44 PM :: 6230 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism
“The downward adjustment in Hawaii’s economic growth for 2017 was mainly due to the new projection on visitor expenditures for 2017”
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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Vacation Rentals: Tax Hike Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 6:47 PM :: 6423 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

There are 20 bills currently on the table dealing with vacation rentals....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017
How Many Tourists is Too Many?
By UHERO @ 2:15 AM :: 4505 Views :: Tourism

Tourists used to stay in designated tourism zones like Waikiki, but now they are everywhere....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
New Tourism Record for 2016 -- 8.9 Million Arrivals
By News Release @ 12:51 AM :: 4047 Views :: Tourism

This marked the fifth straight year of record growth....

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
SB702 Would Punish Short-Term Rentals Like Sexual Assaults
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 AM :: 6801 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, Cost of Living

Hawaii lawmakers want to make unlicensed short-term rentals a class C felony....

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Monday, January 16, 2017
Full Text: New report concludes Airbnb has ‘no material impact’ on Hawaii housing inventory
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 6507 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

Listings booked more than half the year on AirBnB make up only 0.18% of Hawaii housing stock....

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Friday, January 6, 2017
UHERO: Regulating Home-Share Rentals in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 2:08 AM :: 6131 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

Last year nearly one in three U.S. travelers stayed in home-based accommodation units compared to one in ten in 2011....

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Bedbugs: Honolulu Crawls up to 48th in USA
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 6716 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Tourism

Nationally, Orkin's bed bug revenue is up more than 10 percent over last year....

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Thursday, December 29, 2016
America’s Crummy Airports: How to Fix Them?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:41 PM :: 4260 Views :: Tourism

Not a single U.S. airport was ranked in the top 25 airports in the world, and our largest and most important airports scrape the very bottom in terms of customer satisfaction....

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Thursday, December 29, 2016
Visitor Spending Rose for Sixth Straight Month in November
By News Release @ 1:40 PM :: 4691 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.2 billion in November 2016, a gain of 5.6 percent versus last November....

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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Pew: National Parks in Hawaii Need $133 Million in Maintenance
By Selected News Articles @ 10:27 AM :: 5200 Views :: Environment, Tourism

Here are needed repairs at some national parks in Hawaii....

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Thursday, December 1, 2016
Visitor Spending Increases for Fifth Consecutive Month
By News Release @ 3:19 AM :: 3553 Views :: Tourism

Visitors to Hawaii spent a total of $1.2 billion in October 2016, a 6.8 percent increase compared to last October....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Does Hawaii Need a "Property Ownership Fairness Act"
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:41 AM :: 5587 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

In Hawaii, this can be seen most starkly with the advent of the "shared" economy....

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Saturday, October 29, 2016
Visitor Spending Increased 10.4% to Record $1.2 Billion for September
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 4774 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...IUCN, Other Conventions Contributed to Strong Showing in September....

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Monday, October 24, 2016
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Home-Sharing
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:35 PM :: 6135 Views :: Land Use, Tourism

Mrs. Sandefur will be speaking on Oahu and Maui on October 24th and 31st respectively....

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Saturday, October 1, 2016
UHERO: Hawaii Growth Downshifting, Building Cycle Approaches Peak
By UHERO @ 1:05 AM :: 6945 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

...signs of a slowdown ahead....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Tourism Hits New Record: 19 Consecutive Months of Growth in Arrivals
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 4758 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

A total of 780,723 visitors came to the Hawaiian Islands in August 2016....

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Obama to Sign Bill Funneling Tourism Money to Robin Danner Cronies
By News Release @ 6:33 PM :: 7260 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Tourism

The NATIVE Act is supported by a coalition of Danner stakeholders including the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association, Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homeland Assembly....

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Friday, September 2, 2016
Visitors At The Volcano: Is The NPS Nuts?
By Robert Thomas @ 1:57 PM :: 5704 Views :: Environment, Tourism

... the "compensation culture" ....

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Visitor Arrivals Set All-Time Monthly Record in July 2016
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 4635 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

A total of 835,417 visitors came to the Hawaiian Islands in July 2016....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Airbnb Probably Isn’t Driving Rents Up Much, At Least Not Yet
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 AM :: 5970 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

In Honolulu, Air BnB lists 295 commercial BnB units ....

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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Hyatt Worker Says Hotel Ignored Sex Assault by Saudi
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 7817 Views :: Law Enforcement, Religion, Tourism

Hassan Maan Melhem later pleaded no contest to fourth-degree sexual assault and was given a deferred sentence and probation....

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016
TVR in a Ag Condo: Must Your Neighbors Approve?
By Robert Thomas @ 8:12 PM :: 4008 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 :: 4433 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 :: 4207 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 :: 4005 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 :: 6576 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 :: 4404 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 :: 7574 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 :: 6208 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 :: 4527 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 :: 4972 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 :: 4430 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 :: 4690 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 :: 5308 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 :: 3750 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 :: 3738 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 :: 4080 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 :: 4780 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 :: 4520 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 :: 5478 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 :: 6177 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 :: 7795 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 :: 6401 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 :: 4903 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 :: 6529 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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