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Hawaii and Goa India sign sister-state agreement

Hawaii and Goa The State of Hawaii and Goa, India, signed an agreement to enter into a sister-state relationship today. Hawaii Gov. David Y. Ige, signed a historic agreement with delegates from Goa, a state in India, which is Hawaii’s first sister-state relationship with a jurisdiction in India. The Director of Art and Culture, Gurudas Pilarnekar, signed on behalf of the Goa state government. The signing ceremony took place at Washington... Read More

New report highlights top 20 jobs in Hawaii

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) released a report on Top 20 Occupations in Hawaii. Retail Sales Workers topped the list at 42,445 workers in 2016, which accounted for 5.9 percent of Hawaii’s civilian workforce; followed by Food and Beverage Serving Workers at 40,775, which accounted for 5.7 percent of Hawaii’s civilian workforce. Construction Trade Workers ranked third place 34,137, which accounted for 4.8 percent of Hawaii’s civilian... Read More
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Statement by George D. Szigeti, President and CEO, Hawaii Tourism Authority

HONOLULU – George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following comments on Hawaii’s visitor statistics results for the month of August and year-to-date. “Although both visitor spending and arrivals increased in August compared to a year ago, we expected better results for this peak travel month. Hurricane Lane deterred a segment of travelers from staying in the Hawaiian Islands, which was compounded by the... Read More
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Nationalism: Why Bangkok and Dubai are top travel destinations?

In a world of rising nationalism, international travel takes on greater importance—breaking down barriers, broadening our horizons and driving economic impact felt throughout the world’s cities. This year’s top cities are Bangkok, London and Paris, once again underscoring the importance of robust infrastructure, both business and leisure attractions and strong local culture. Based on the Mastercard Index, which expanded this year to look at global 162 cities, is not simply a... Read More
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Creative Lab Hawaii Music Immersive artists featured on Fox trailers for TV series “Empire” and “Star”

The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) congratulates Creative Lab Hawaii Music Immersive (CLHMI) Fellows, Faith Rivera and Olivia (LIIV) Cargile, on the placement of songs in two of the biggest online television promos of the upcoming television season. Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox) recently released the online promo videos of two of their top-rated drama series, “Empire” and “Star,” which features “Burn For You,” co-written by Faith Rivera, and... Read More
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Hawaii Small Business Administration awards $450,000 to DBEDT

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced an award of $450,000 to continue the Hawaii State Trade Export Program (HiSTEP). Under the tag “Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha,” this program provides training, grants and tradeshows for companies looking to start exporting or increase their exports. “With the help of this program, we’ve seen our export of Hawaii-made products increase substantially overseas,” said DBEDT Director Luis P. Salaveria. “The Hawaii brand continues to be... Read More
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The World Peace Day Commemoration in Bali

The world peace day is commemorated every 21stSeptember. This year, the Bali entrepreneurs commemorated the World peace day by concurrently praying and holding a symposium inTaman Gong Perdamaian Dunia(The World Peace Gong Park) in Denpasar. Attended the event, The Head of Bali Chamber of Commerce and Industry, A.A. Ngurah Alit Wiraputra, SH, MH, The owner of the Taman Gong Perdamaian Dunia, Ir. Ketut Suardhana Linggih, the Heads of the Bali Entrepreneur... Read More
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More ways to reach Hawaii: Delta starts Detroit-Honolulu flights

Delta in Hawaii New Detroit service marks Delta’s ninth U.S. gateway to Honolulu, joining current core service from Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle in addition to seasonal service from New York-JFK, San Francisco and Portland, Ore. Delta customers will have more options to bask in the Aloha spirit beginning next June as new service between Delta’s Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport hub and Daniel K. Inouye Honolulu... Read More
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Waikiki to see new tower of timeshares

Hilton Grand Vacations Bringing another vacation option for travelers to tourist hot spot Waikiki, development for a 32-story tower is underway. Construction is anticipated to start in the second quarter of 2019, with completion in the first quarter of 2022. Sales of timeshare units are expected to begin in the middle of 2020. A 1.05-acre site purchased by Hilton Grand Vacations, Inc., in partnership with BSC KVSC, LLC, includes the King’s... Read More
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Global Tourism Summit Honolulu: Are you Tourism Safety Certified?

Become Tourism Safety Certified is an important message at the upcoming Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu at a session on October 3. George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO, said, “This session is a must-do for any organization whose operations are dependent on public safety and security, especially during an unexpected crisis. These panelists have dealt with the aftermath of major tragedies and will provide valuable advice and recommendations that every destination... Read More