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HTA: Hawaii timeshares top hotels in occupancy rates

In the Hawaiian Islands, timeshare properties reported an average occupancy rate of 90.1 percent In the Hawaiian Islands, timeshare properties reported an average occupancy rate of 90.1 percent statewide in the third quarter of 2018, which was the same as the third quarter of 2017, according to the Hawaii Timeshare Quarterly Report: July-September 2018, issued today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). In comparison, hotel properties statewide averaged occupancy of 79.7... Read More
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Airbnb fights back after opponents circulate fake news

Airbnb delivers opportunity, not direct threat, to South African hotel industry Opponents and those competing with Airbnb are hotels, resorts, and community activists. Are these opponents now in the business of producing fake news, fake videos, and fake press releases? Obviously, these opponents want to stop Airbnb from doing business in cities around the United States. eTN was one of the media targeted with authentic looking “fake news” yesterday. eTN Publisher Juergen... Read More
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Holiday Travel using U.S. airports: The best and the worst

U.S. airlines carried 72.3 million passengers in December 2017, a new all-time high, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Holiday travel is defined as flights that depart between Dec. 20 and Dec. 31 each year. A flight delay is when one that arrived at its destination 15 minutes or more behind schedule or was canceled altogether. Depending on the airport, the potential for flight delays... Read More
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Visiting Oahu? Don’t rent a car, ride a Charley’s in Waikiki

When traveling to the Aloha State of Hawaii forget about renting a car or taking an Uber on the Island of Oahu, but think about riding a Charley’s.  The worst American States for visitors and locals to drive are Hawaii and California according to a 2018 survey by the “Bankrate Best States for Drivers Study. In Hawaii roads are so bad, that there is a fair likelihood of damage to your car,... Read More
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Travel alert! Everyday Carry Shirt to prevent pickpocketing?

A former U.S. State Department Security Officer has a safety message for business travelers and advice for tourists with a solution for everyone carrying a smartphone, a passport, or a wallet when on the road. His name is David Bowers and his message is the Everyday Carry Shirt. David Bowers created a solution on how to get a handle on the increased risk of being a victim of a petty crime like... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority banks on Marriott with two key appointments to lead Visitors Industry

Chris Tatum, Keith Regan, and Karen Hughes are the new team of three to lead the largest industry in the State of Hawaii: The Hawaii Visitors Industry. Marriott Hotel group has another proud moment when two of their own are now setting the direction for tourism in Hawaii. The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced the appointments of two key executive leaders today, naming Keith Regan as chief administrative officer and Karen Hughes... Read More
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What Marriott told victims of massive security crime? Transcript of an email to hotel guests

Marriott International A massive database breach was reported by Marriott Hotels and Resorts at their Starwood brand on November 30. In the meantime, Marriott Security procedures had been in the global spotlight resulting in various legal and criminal actions taken by authorities around the world against the largest hotel chain in the world. A PR nightmare has been unfolding for Marriott resulting in making the brand speechless in avoiding responses to... Read More
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Ala Moana mall fire: $6 million in damage at Bottega Veneta, Italian luxury store

Bottega Veneta is an upmarket Italian brand specializing in leather handbags, plus ready-to-wear women's & men's fashion.  There is a story on the 2nd level of Ala Moana Shopping Center in Honolulu. On Friday a fire at this Italian luxury goods store caused nearly $6 million in damage. The fire started at about 12:25 p.m. and four employees extinguished most of the fire with a fire extinguisher. Ala Moana security also... Read More
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Late President Bush lived the Aloha Spirit: A Testimonial by a Democratic Party Activist from Hawaii

Marsha Rose Joyner is the host for ThinkTeck Hawaii and a Hawaiian political activist for many years.  She remembers when electors met in their respective state capitols on December 19, 1988 to cast their votes for President and Vice President when George Herbert Walker Bush was elected president of the United States in 1988. Marsha was one of the four Democratic electors in Hawaii. She told eTurboNews: Today, as I watch the funeral train carrying... Read More
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ACLU: Female Athletes at Campbell High School file Federal Civil Rights Lawsuite

Two female student-athletes attending James Campbell High School (“Campbell”) filed a class action lawsuit in federal court against the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education (“DOE”) and the Oahu Interscholastic Association (“OIA”).  today. The lawsuit is brought under Title IX, also known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, a federal law that requires gender equity in education, including in athletics. The plaintiffs are represented by the ACLU of... Read More