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CEO Pilar Laguana is fantastic news for Guam Tourism

Pilar Laguana, an international tourism veteran, is now in charge of the Guam Visitors Bureau. She thinks out of the box, she has a global mindset, and she is a prominent figure in the global travel and tourism industry. The new president and CEO, Pilar Laguana, was appointed on February 15, 2018 to lead the most important industry in the U.S. territory – Guam. She took over from former GVB President... Read More
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DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Beach hotel workers call for respect from management

DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Beach hotel workers organized a public action in their hotel lobby this morning, demanding respect from management, safe workloads, and a fair process to decide whether to unionize. “Our decision to demand a fair process to decide whether or not to unionize was not about the money, but rather the respect. I have seen so much favoritism, inconsistency, and targeting at the DoubleTree. Whilst the bulls... Read More
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Honolulu Mayor wants to increase hotel taxes

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell today unveiled a US$2.83 billion operating budget, – 8.6 percent higher than last year, which is the equivalent of an additional $223 million. The proposed tax increase includes owners of hotel and resort land and higher-end residential “investment” properties paying $1 more for every $1,000 of assessed value. Property taxes are the city’s main source of revenue, and the proposed increases in would net around US$31 million... Read More
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Southwest wants to give Hawaiian Airlines a run for its money

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Linkedin Print Tumblr Viber Southwest Airlines is about to give Hawaiian Airlines a literal run for its money as it plans to lay a claim on the Aloha State’s inter-island market. According to Southwest’s Revenue Chief, Andrew Watterson, flights within the state will begin not long after the commencement of flights between Hawaii and the US mainland. eTN Chatroom: Discuss with readers from around the world:... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism: January visitor spending down 3.8%

Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.62 billion in January 2019, a decrease of 3.8 percent compared to January 2018, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. In January, visitor spending increased from the U.S. East (+2.4% to $461.6 million) but declined from U.S. West (-5.4% to $557.8 million), Japan (-6.5% to $179.4 million), Canada (-2.1% to $167.6 million)... Read More
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Air Canada Toronto to Honolulu nonstop on Dreamliner

Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Linkedin Print Tumblr Viber Signature Class on Air Canada's Boeing 787 Dreamliner. (CNW Group/Air Canada) Air Canada will operate its seasonal service between Toronto and Honolulu next winter with its state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Customers traveling between Toronto and Hawaii.  Dreamliner service will be available on the Toronto–Honolulu route beginning December 14, 2019 and will operate three return-trips weekly until April 26, 2020. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner offers three cabins of service, Air Canada Signature Class, Premium Economy... Read More
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US National Park Service Frustrated with USS Arizona Hawaii repair work

The U.S. National Park Service issued a statement on the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It reads: Over the past 10 months, National Park Service staff and partners have taken an aggressive approach to develop and implement an expedited plan to repair the damage to the visitor loading ramp on the USS Arizona Memorial. Despite our best efforts and optimism, our previously estimated timeline for restoring access to the... Read More
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Hawaii hotel performance overall declined

In January 2019, Hawaii hotels statewide reported a small increase in average daily rate (ADR) but a decrease in occupancy resulted in lower revenue per available room (RevPAR) compared to January 2018. According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), statewide RevPAR declined to $238 (-2.2%), ADR rose to $299 (+1.3%), and occupancy declined to 79.5 percent (-2.8 percentage points) (Figure 1) in January. eTN... Read More

Hotels in ASIA ignore warning signs of environmental killers

Citing insufficient manpower and low budgets, hotel operators are guilty of negligence of the most basic health and safety checks. From hotel owners to senior engineers there is little enthusiasm or willpower to act responsibly. Some molds produce mycotoxins that can pose serious health risks to humans and animals. Exposure to high levels of mycotoxins can lead to neurological problems and more serious problems including death. Prolonged exposure, e.g., daily workplace... Read More
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Typhoon Wutip: What tourists should expect in Guam and Northern Mariana Islands?

Typhoon Wutip is headings towards the Pacific U.S. territory Guam as a category 2 typhoon. As of Saturday 2 am local time the storm was about 230 miles south of Guam. Tourism is a major industry in Guam, and the travel and tourism industry including hotels and resorts are well prepared for a storm like this. Visitors should be safe, as long as they follow the instructions of hotel staff and... Read More