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Hawaiian Island vanished in Honolulu County

Home of the Hawaiian Monk Seal and Green Sea Turtles, a Hurricane and Climate Change are responsible for an entire Island in the State of Hawaii to vanish. This Hawaiian Island, part of Honolulu County was wiped out after hit this month by Category 5 Hurricane Walaka. Formed on September 29, Walaka was one of the most intense Pacific hurricanes on record. By minimum pressure, Walaka is the second-strongest tropical cyclone... Read More
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The 2018 Hawaii Global Tourism Summit

The 2018 Hawaii Global Tourism Summit concluded on October 3 despite the management challenges at the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The remaining HTA staff rose to the occasion and produced a stellar annual event. With a theme of Charting the Course, the event presented a variety of exceptional national and international keynote speakers who addressed “the ever-present need of destinations and travel suppliers to continuously balance the power of tourism’s popularity globally... Read More
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Southwest Airlines: Hawaii is our expansion focus in 2019

Southwest Airlines Southwest Airlines Co. today reported its third quarter 2018 results: • Record third quarter net income of $615 million• Net income of $614 million, excluding special items• Record third quarter earnings per diluted share of $1.08• Operating income of $798 million, or $796 million, excluding special items• Operating margin2 of 14.3 percent, and net margin3 of 11.0 percent• Operating cash flow of $1.3 billion, and free cash flow1 of... Read More
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Are You Being Conned By Your PR Agency?

Juergen Steinmetz, president eTN Corporation eTurboNews is taking the lead for the global travel and tourism media adding a paywall to many press releases received by professional PR agencies. Only readers subscribed to eTN paid services ($3/month) are able to read this content. At the same time, eTurboNews is urging PR Agencies and those circulating media releases to take action and allow eTN to remove this paywall. “eTN loves to work with... Read More
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Hawaii Governors Candidate Addresses Prominent Business Organization

Representative Andria Tupola was the guest speaker at the October, 2018, meeting of the Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers Association (HTWA). The group’s interest in hearing the Republican candidate for Governor speak in person was to learn more about her positions on several issues particularly important to the tourism industry. These include her willingness to work towards amending the “ship-build” part of the Jones Act and, in this era of overtourism, repositioning the... Read More
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Maya Beach a Victim of Overtourism: TAT promotes Stunning views of the Bay

Closing beach parks may become a reality in popular tourist destinations like in Hawaii, Thailand, Indonesia, Italy or elsewhere in the world. Travelers hoping to visit the famous “Maya Bay” in Thailand may never be able to enjoy the beach and its creamy white shores and towering limestone cliffs. However, after closing the beach indefinitely the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to clarify that while the world famous Maya Beach... Read More
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Mission Impossible made possible and Maggie Q receives World Tourism Humanitarian Award

Why would an actor playing the assassin by the name of Maggie Q receive the World Tourism Humanitarian Award at the World Travel Market (WTM) London in November? The assassin is Maggie Q who stared as Nikita, a young woman who was rescued from death row by a secret government agency known as Division. Division faked Nikita’s execution, giving her a chance to start a new life and serve her country. At least, that’s... Read More
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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
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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