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US-China Trade Policy Negotiation Report “Scary”

The guest speaker at the February 13, 2019, Hawaii Tourism Association’s dinner meeting in Honolulu was David F. Day, Esq., Senior International Lawyer and Chairman, Global Risk Mitigation Foundation. Read more about Mr. Day below. The subject was the ongoing trade negotiations with China and the current and future impacts of this very complicated and “scary” issue. Day pointed out that the media is not understanding the important nuance of the... Read More
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Sheraton Kauai hotel workers ratify union contract

UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at Sheraton Kauai voted overwhelmingly yesterday to ratify a union contract that covers over 200 workers. This is the 8th Marriott-operated hotel in Hawaii to reach an agreement with Local 5, after Marriott workers led a historic nationwide strike in 2018. The contract is modeled after the contract agreement that was reached on November 27 with Kyo-ya, which owns five Marriott-operated hotels. Beginning in October... Read More
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One Month Left to Apply for SBA Disaster Loans due to Kilauea volcano eruption

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded Hawaii small businesses of the March 14, 2019, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury caused by the Kilauea volcanic eruption and earthquakes that occurred May 3 - Aug. 17, 2018. According to Garfield, small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of... Read More
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Trade war tensions and Kilauea volcano trims tourism from Asia to the US

The number of tourists arriving in the United States from the Asia Pacific region fell by 3.2%* last year, The Kilauea volcano eruption in Hawaii (a top destination for Japanese travelers to the US) contributed to a drop in US-bound tourism in the second half of 2018. In addition, the number of Chinese visitors to the US during the year remained flat (0.0% growth) amid the ongoing trade war between the... Read More
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Southwest Airlines may fly between Honolulu and Vegas

If you live in Hawaii, Las Vegas, Nevada, is such a popular travel destination that locals refer to it as the Hawaiian Islands’ 9th island. Today, Southwest Airlines’ CEO Gary Kelly announced that they are seriously considering adding nonstop flights between the 2 destinations. eTN Chatroom: Discuss with readers from around the world: The airline is planning to begin Hawaii service in April of this year from 4 California cities and... Read More
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Hawaii’s Mokulele Airlines bought by Southern Airways

Southern Airways announced today that it has acquired Mokulele Airlines in Hawaii. Southern plans to keep the Mokulele brand, while operating all flights on the Southern Airways FAA operating certificate. The acquisition, which closed Friday, makes Southern the nation’s largest commuter airline operator. Prior to the acquisition, Southern operated 600 weekly flights across 20 cities in the Gulf South, the mid-Atlantic and Florida. The deal adds Hawaii and California to Southern... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority concerned about storm watch

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and its Island Chapters, and Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association, are monitoring a low-pressure storm system as it approaches the Hawaiian Islands, in collaboration with the State of Hawaii Emergency Management Agency, National Weather Service and County emergency management agencies. HTA has created a special Alert page on its website to provide industry partners, residents and visitors with information, updates and... Read More
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Honolulu ranked #1 most desired Valentine’s Day romantic getaway

Honolulu, Hawaii named most desired Valentine's Day getaway destination Are chocolates and diamonds really the most sought-after Valentine’s Day gifts? Not so, says the latest study. According to the Valentine’s Day Report — a nationwide study of the Valentine’s Day gift and travel habits of more than 1,500 U.S. adults — 25% of Americans prefer a romantic weekend getaway over chocolates, diamonds, or flowers this February 14. eTN Chatroom: Discuss with... Read More
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Flying to Hawaii unsafe on a B737-800? Boeing declines to comment

Is it safe flying a Southwest Airline B737-800 aircraft from North America to Hawaii? This is a question many experts are asking these days. A Boeing spokesperson responded: “We are respectfully declining to comment and participate in your story.” It appears Boeing was spooked after eTN questioned safety when using an aircraft designed for short- and medium-haul flights for a long-haul over-water route. The Boeing 737 was initially known as the... Read More
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Waikoloa Beach Marriott workers ratify union contract

UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at Waikoloa Beach Marriott voted overwhelmingly yesterday to ratify a union contract that covers over 250 workers. The contract is modeled after the contract agreement that was reached on November 27 with Kyo-ya, which owns five Marriott-operated hotels. Beginning in October 2018, nearly 2,700 workers at the five hotels went on strike for 51 days with the demand that one job should be enough... Read More