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Hawaii Tourism Authority Budget Nearing Last Vote

HONOLULU, HAWAII — The final version of the bill which would make significant changes to the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) budget is one step away from being sent to the governor for his signature. Unlikely, but the bill could still fail during the full Senate floor vote after the changes made during a conference committee last week. Should it pass, Governor David Ige could veto the legislation. The original bill was... Read More
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Meet Hawai‘i provides support to service global customers

Meet Hawai‘i – a collaboration of the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA), HTA’s Global Marketing Team, and the Hawai‘i Convention Center (HCC) – focuses on securing single-property and citywide group business for the Hawaiian Islands under a single unified brand. In the world of meetings and conventions, one of Hawai‘i’s unique advantages against competitive destinations is Click on the headline to read the full article... - Submit your own story idea click here - Read More
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Hawaii welcomes Castle Resorts & Hotels’ new boutique hotel on Kauai

Castle Resorts & Hotels has officially launched its newest property on Kauai. Called The ISO, an acronym for Island. Sky. Ocean., the 79-room hotel offers a private, oceanfront retreat on the island’s famous Royal Coconut Coast. Formerly known as the Mokihana Resort, the property underwent a $5 million renovation of the lobby, guest rooms, exterior Click on the headline to read the full article... - Submit your own story idea click here - Read More

Hawaii Legislature Seizes Control of Tourism Authority Budget

HONOLULU - After many years of “scathing” State audits, on April 27, 2018, the Hawaii State Legislature passed a bill during a conference committee which removes much of the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) unfettered autonomy over how to spend its estimated $120 million annual budget. Several important questions remain including: 1) Will Hawaii Governor David Ige sign it? 2) What’s going to happen at the Senate confirmation hearing on Monday, April... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism funding shuttle service for Kauai north shore

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) board of directors on Thursday, April 26, approved emergency funding of $180,000 to support a free shuttle service to transport residents between Wainiha and Haena on Kauai’s north shore. The remote region, which is home to several hundred residents, has been completely cut off from vehicle access following record-setting rainfall on April 14 and 15 that caused widespread flooding and extensive property damage,... Read More
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A great day for Korea, for World Tourism Safety and for Guam and Hawaii

The tourism dream team today are from both Koreas namely Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae. It’s a great day for global tourism safety and an even better day for tourism to South Korea, Guam, and Hawaii. It’s a day of telling tourists from Japan or China not to worry about traveling to the United States Click on the headline to read the full article... - Submit your own story idea click here - Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO: Visitor spending up 10.1% in First Quarter 2018

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement regarding Hawaii’s visitor statistics results for the first quarter and March 2018. “The first quarter results reflect the strong pace that Hawaii’s tourism industry has been able to maintain through each of the first three months. Hawaii continued to Click on the headline to read the full article... - Submit your own story idea click here - Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority’s VP of Marketing and Product Development resigns

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today that Leslie Dance, its vice president of marketing and product development, has decided to resign from her position on May 15 to return to the mainland and be closer to her family. Dance is working with HTA’s leadership and staff on a transition plan to ensure that all Click on the headline to read the full article... - Submit your own story idea click here - Read More
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How does Hawaii hotel performance compare to other destinations?

“Hawaii’s hotels compete very well against other exotic, tropical destinations. The Hawaiian Islands stands out as a premier, aspirational destination with hotel rates that are in line with similar types of destinations around the world. However, an advantage offered by Hawaii is the diversity of hotel products and range of price points to match travelers’ Click on the headline to read the full article... - Submit your own story idea click here - Read More
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Hawaiian Airlines CEO: 2018 is off to a great start

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., parent company of Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., today reported its financial results for the first quarter of 2018. First Quarter 2018 – Key Financial Metrics GAAP YoY Change Adjusted YoY Change Net Income $28.5M ($5.1M) $55.8M +$3.1M Diluted EPS $0.56 ($0.06) $1.09 +$0.11 Pre-tax Margin 5.6% (2) pts 11.0% (1.6) pts “2018 is Click on the headline to read the full article... - Submit your own story idea click here - Read More
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Kauai open for business: Tourists can book travel with confidence

E komo mai! Welcome! This is the message from the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) for global travellers and tourists, travel trade professionals, and industry partners in domestic and international markets to remember as they consider booking a trip to the island of Kauai in Hawaii. All of Kauai is open and welcoming travelers to enjoy Click on the headline to read the full article... - Submit your own story idea click here - Read More
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Shark attacks tourist on island of Kauai in Hawaii

Kauai County Ocean Safety officials closed Keoneloa Bay to swimming after a shark attacked a tourist. The shark bit a 29-year-old male visitor who was body-boarding near Shipwreck’s Beach on Kauai this morning. He was taken to receive medical care for his non-life threatening injuries. “Shark Sighted” and “No Swimming” signs have been posted long Click on the headline to read the full article... - Submit your own story idea click here - Read More
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Hawaii “Tourism Industry Needs Better Planning, Not Budget Cuts”

The following op-ed was published by CivilBeat.org on April 18, 2018 Tourism Industry Needs Better Planning, Not Budget Cuts. The state needs to invest in marketing that strategically attracts the visitors who contribute to real economic impact. By Frank Haas“Frank Haas is president of Marketing Management, a consultancy focused on hospitality and tourism. In 2015, he helped the Hawaii Tourism Authority with its 2016 strategic plan.” Watching the evolution of Hawaii... Read More
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Diamond Resorts acquires The Modern Honolulu hotel

Diamond Resorts has closed on the acquisition of The Modern Honolulu, a boutique hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. Rated a Forbes Travel Four-Star hotel, The Modern Honolulu adds to Diamond Resorts’ collection of premier resorts, and is the company’s first managed property on Oahu. The Modern Honolulu is typified by a modern Hawaiian vibe, ocean and Click on the headline to read the full article... - Submit your own story idea click here - Read More
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Hawaii tourism industry needs better planning, not budget cuts

Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Hawaii Tourism Authority Logo (PRNewsfoto/Hawaii Tourism Authority) The Aloha state needs to invest in marketing that strategically attracts the visitors who contribute to real economic impact. Watching the evolution of Hawaii tourism over time has been like watching a kid grow up. We’ve had our growth spurts. We’ve skinned our knees a few times. We’ve even had some awkward phases. It seems that now we’re... Read More