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Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Biometric Controls for International Arrivals at Honolulu Airport
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 3045 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, COVID-19

... fulfills a Congressional mandate to biometrically record the entry and exit of non-U.S. citizens ....

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Sunday, May 2, 2021
Counties, the TAT Is Now Your Problem Too!
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2411 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... For many years, the counties and the State have been bickering about how much support from the State’s transient accommodations tax (TAT) they should get ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
March Visitor Arrivals Up 1.1%
By Hawaii Tourism Authority @ 5:02 AM :: 2882 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... This was the first time in a year where visitor arrivals were up, but the year-to-date arrivals were still significantly down (-60.1%) ....

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Friday, April 30, 2021
Maui, Kona Rental Car Rates Top $900/wk
By News Release @ 12:15 AM :: 4036 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Tourism, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Kahului, Hawaii, is the most expensive U.S. destination in which to rent a car this spring ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
VIDEO: Squatters Take Over Uncle Billy's Hotel
By Video @ 1:10 AM :: 4116 Views :: Hawaii County , Homelessness, Tourism, Drugs

... Akamai readers will remember this is exactly what happened to the old Hilo Hotel on Kinoole St during the 1990s depression ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Maui, Kauai Mayors to Pursue TAT Tax Hike
By News Release @ 5:24 AM :: 3619 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... House Bill 862 authorizes counties to impose a new hotel room tax of up to 3% ....

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Real ID enforcement deadline extended to May 2023
By News Release @ 12:09 AM :: 3073 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Tourism

... Oahu residents now have an additional 19 months to get the REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses and state identification cards before they will need it to board domestic flights and enter some federal buildings ....

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Saturday, April 24, 2021
Modernizing Rental Car and Peer-to-Peer Car Sharing Taxes for a Post-Pandemic Future
By Tax Foundation @ 6:21 PM :: 2730 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii’s Department of Taxation adopted rules in February 2021 to levy the state’s rental car tax onto peer-to-peer car sharing by interpreting car sharing platforms as being the lessor of the vehicles on the marketplace ....

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Thursday, April 22, 2021
March Hotel Performance Flat
By News Release @ 5:39 AM :: 3017 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... In March 2021, Hawai‘i hotels statewide reported similar revenue per available room (RevPAR), average daily rate (ADR), and occupancy compared to March 2020 ....

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021
White House Finalizes Pacific Ocean Protections for Humpback Whale
By Court House News @ 7:49 PM :: 2874 Views :: Environment, Tourism

... the Biden administration agrees to designate more than 100,000 square nautical miles as critical habitat for the endangered humpback whale ....

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Video: Ige Announces Inter-Island Vaccine Passport System
By Video @ 10:06 PM :: 3102 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... Qualifying interisland travelers may begin entering their information into Safe Travels Hawaii https://travel.hawaii.gov/ on May 7 for travel on or after May 11. ...

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
Is the Pacific Ocean now “ceded land?”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 PM :: 4164 Views :: OHA, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... HB1019, creating a new OHA revenue stream at the expense of small dive-tour businesses, is quietly heading to conference committee ....

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Saturday, April 17, 2021
Time to get state out of tourism promotion?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:06 PM :: 2368 Views :: Tourism

... Since the launch of the Safe Travels program in October 2020, Hawaii’s tourism industry has been making a comeback ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Mobility Data Shows Fewer Residents Staying at Home
By UHERO @ 10:21 PM :: 2484 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... A potential cause of the recent virus spread is the decline in the share of people staying at home and a rise in gatherings ....

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Mokuleia Crash: A Nest of Incompetents Surrounding 11 Deaths
By News Release @ 11:05 PM :: 4754 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Accident Involving Inadequately Trained Pilot Leads to Call for Better Monitoring of Flight Instructors ....

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Monday, April 12, 2021
Vaccine Passport: Hawaii vs Florida
By Selected News Articles @ 6:12 PM :: 3905 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

“...Requiring so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports for taking part in everyday life — such as attending a sporting event, patronizing a restaurant, or going to a movie theater— would create two cases of citizens based on vaccination....”

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Saturday, April 10, 2021
Ige Signs 19th COVID Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 5:23 AM :: 2228 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... the proclamation includes mention of an anticipated new exception for vaccinated travelers that will become effective only upon approval by the director of the Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
​Public hearing set on Honolulu short-term rental draft rules
By News Release @ 10:53 PM :: 3145 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... DPP will hold a public hearing April 6 on draft rules to regulate and register short-term rentals on O‘ahu ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 3385 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

"... The Aa2 rating on the State of Hawaii's general obligation bonds recognizes the significant fiscal challenges posed by the current health and economic crisis...."

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Outdoor Weddings up to 100 People Now Allowed on Oahu
By News Release @ 10:24 PM :: 3184 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... the request to modify Honolulu’s COVID-19 recovery framework to include “weddings” as a category has been approved and is effective immediately ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
State Of Hawaii And Airline Carriers Partner To Expand Pre-Clear Programs
By News Release @ 4:12 AM :: 3075 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... to allow travelers to confirm compliance with the Safe Travels Program prior to departure and bypass mandatory airport screenings upon arrival ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii Unemployment Drops to 9.2% for February
By News Release @ 1:40 AM :: 3185 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

... the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for February was 9.2 percent compared to the revised rate of 10.3 percent in January ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
235,000 Visitors to Hawaii in February
By News Release @ 10:37 PM :: 2711 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

... the average daily census showed that there were 90,776 visitors in Hawaii on any given day in February 2021, compared to 250,052 visitors per day in February 2020 ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
DLNR to Select Banyan Drive Proposals Next Month
By News Release @ 8:23 PM :: 2464 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism

... renovations of the former Uncle Billy’s Hilo Bay Hotel and Country Club Condominium Hotel ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Mayor Blangiardi meets with wedding industry demonstrators
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 3437 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism, COVID-19

... Mayor Rick Blangiardi listened to members of the wedding industry during a demonstration outside of Honolulu Hale ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Kahele, Case Bills Propose National Heritage Sites for Hawaii
By Ed Case @ 7:39 PM :: 2904 Views :: Environment, Congressional Delegation, Tourism

... South Kona coastline and Kaena Point .... 

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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 :: 2891 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 :: 2816 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 :: 2421 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 :: 2869 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 :: 3621 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 :: 2836 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 :: 2873 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 :: 2994 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 :: 2413 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 :: 3269 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 :: 3865 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 :: 2514 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 :: 3094 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 :: 3033 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 :: 4325 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 :: 4419 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 :: 2296 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 :: 2533 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 :: 3469 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 :: 2517 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 :: 2718 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 :: 3417 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 :: 3914 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 :: 3136 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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