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Hawaii tourists spent US$1.33 billion in October

Tourism dollars from the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) helped to fund a number of community events statewide in the land of Aloha during October, including the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, Maui Marathon, Kauai Chocolate and Coffee Festival, and Honolulu Pride Parade and Festival. Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.33 billion in October 2019, a slight increase of 0.9 percent compared to October 2018, according to preliminary... Read More
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Parking: Frustrating, revenue and cutting edge technologies

Recognizing how frustrating parking can be for travelers (and also recognizing that parking is an important source of revenue), airports across the United States are introducing cutting-edge parking technologies to make their parking facilities more customer-friendly and safer, while at the same time making them more competitive relative to independent satellite lots. These technologies are designed to get travelers into open parking spaces and into terminals as quickly as possible. Other... Read More
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Mufi Hannemann: A Candid Talk Story

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann is one of the most recognizable politicians and business leaders in the islands. As a political observer and writer in Hawaii for 35-years, when the opportunity presented itself to sit across a dinner table for two hours with Mufi to talk story, I was ready. Hannemann was the guest speaker at the November 13, 2019, Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers Association (HTWA) dinner meeting. HTWA is a relatively... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority: October was a mixed bag for Hawaii vacation rentals

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) released the Hawaii Vacation Rental Performance Report for October 2019 today. In October 2019, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 949,700 unit nights and monthly demand was 690,000 unit nights, resulting in an average monthly unit occupancy of 72.6 percent. In comparison, Hawaii’s hotels were 79.1 percent occupied in October 2019. It is important to note that unlike hotels, condominium hotels, and timeshare... Read More
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Hawaii hotels: Occupancy and revenue up in October

In October 2019, Hawaii hotels statewide reported growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR), average daily rate (ADR) and occupancy compared to October 2018. According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), statewide RevPAR increased to $200 (+4.3%), with ADR at $253 (+1.7%) and occupancy of 79.1 percent (+2.0 percentage points) (Figure 1) in October. HTA’s Tourism Research Division issued the report’s findings utilizing data... Read More
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Honolulu airport named best in US to fly from this Thanksgiving

According to a new report, Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International (HNL) is the best US airport to fly this Thanksgiving — at least when it comes to flight departures. So far this year, Inouye is reporting the lowest percentage of flight cancellations in the country. Meanwhile, Maui’s Kahului Airport (OGG) ranks no. 2. Researchers evaluated the latest data from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The data included newly updated information on... Read More
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CAIR condemns anti-Muslim hate rhetoric at Hawaii-Israel Alignment event

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today condemned anti-Muslim hate rhetoric spewed at a recent event organized by the Hawaii-Israel Alignment group and published online under the title “Islam is coming for you.” In video excerpts published by CAIR, American Truth Project founder Barry Nussbaum makes a number of hate-filled Islamophobic statements, including: “You need to know who your enemies are.” “They’re... Read More
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Sandal Resort Hawaii? A Caribbean Vacation in Hawaii?

The Hawaiian Islands and their Caribbean counterparts are separated by thousands of miles,  and also by some vast cultural differences. While Hawaii is part of the United States,  most of the Caribbean islands are considered international destinations. visitors need an updated passport. For most American travelers the Caribbean, however, means short travel times and similar time zones, why flying to Hawaii is usually significantly longer and the 6 hour time difference... Read More
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No tsunami threat to Hawaii after major Molucca Sea earthquake

Powerful Magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck at Northern Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Thursday, 14 November 2019. No tsunami warning for Hawaii was issued after the earthquake. Preliminary Report: Magnitude 7.1 Date-Time • 14 Nov 2019 16:17:42 UTC • 15 Nov 2019 01:17:42 near epicenter Location 1.589N 126.416E Depth 45 km Distances • 139.3 km (86.3 mi) NW of Ternate, Indonesia• 158.2 km (98.1 mi) NW of Sofifi, Indonesia• 170.3 km (105.6 mi)... Read More
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Invitation to Readers: Mufi Hannemann speaks at the Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers Association

Hawaii news Online readers are invited to attend the Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers Association meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. Guest speaker is Mufi Hannemann, President & CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association. His organization represents Over 700 lodging properties and businesses through education, advocacy, and philanthropy. This will be a particularly good opportunity to learn the very latest about the quickly changing business trends affecting Hawaii's tourism industry. Mufi... Read More