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Why hotel rates in Hawaii are now more expensive?

The cost for a hotel in Waikiki, Maui or Kauai has been going up. The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA)Research Division issued the report’s findings utilizing data compiled by STR, Inc., which conducts the largest and most comprehensive survey of hotel properties in the Hawaiian Islands. The trend for Hotel room costs in Hawaii is on an upswing, which is good news for hotels and bad news for visitors. Through the first... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers addressing important issues

The speaker at the Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers Association (HTWA) meeting held on October 9, 2019, was Dr. Keli’i Akina, President and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and an elected at-large Trustee at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). Dr. Akina touched on several timely subjects including his personal thoughts about the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) being built on Maunakea on the Big Island in Hawaii. His personal opinion is... Read More
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Authentically Hawaiian Hotel Molokai Gets Fresh New Look

Travelers have enjoyed Hotel Molokai's laid-back atmosphere and aromatic Hawaiian breezes for over 50 years. Today, the hotel unveiled a new brand identity that brings modern appeal to its storied history. Along with a new logo and property signage, Hotel Molokai's rebrand includes a revamped website to help guests plan a dream getaway to what's known as the birthplace of hula and Hawaii's "Friendly Isle." "We're excited to have a visual... Read More
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Best Hawaiian Cultural Programs

Funny Samoan show at the Polynesian cultural centre 201 The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is awarding funding to 43  cultural programs  in the Hawaiian Islands through its Kukulu Ola program for the 2020 calendar year, an increase from 28 recipients in 2019. This is in addition to the 95 programs and events HTA is funding through its Community Enrichment program, and 34 programs through its Aloha Aina program, which were announced... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority names new Vice President of Marketing and Product Development

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today that veteran Hawaii hospitality executive Pattie Herman has been appointed as vice president of marketing and product development. She will begin work on December 2. “In addition to having a long and successful career in the visitor industry, Pattie’s experience and success in the Asia market will be vital as we continue to focus on this high-spend traveler,” said Chris Tatum, HTA president and... Read More
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$1.5 billion: Hawaii visitor spending up 6.3 percent in August 2019

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.50 billion in August 2019, an increase of 6.3 percent compared to August 2018, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). It should be noted that August 2018’s results were partially impacted by concerns related to Hurricane Lane and the Kilauea eruption. Tourism dollars from the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) helped to fund numerous community events and... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority awards funding to natural resources programs

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today it is awarding funding to 34 programs in the Hawaiian Islands through its Aloha Aina program for the 2020 calendar year, an increase from 28 recipients in 2019. This is in addition to the 95 programs and events HTA is funding through its Community Enrichment program, which was announced earlier this month. The money comes from tourism dollars through the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT),... Read More
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Teenage eco-ambassadors clean up plastic trash from Hawaii’s shoreline

Hawaii is known for having some of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches in the world — and it’s everyone’s responsibility to help keep them that way. A remote area on Hawaii Island’s southeast coast is littered with trash and marine debris carried by currents and trade winds. Items that frequently wash ashore include plastic materials, commercial fishing equipment and commonly discarded household goods — a troubling reminder of the current... Read More
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How much money do Hawaii Hotel make per room night?

Hawaii hotels statewide reported growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR), average daily rate (ADR) and occupancy compared to August 2018. However, it should be noted that August 2018’s performance was impacted in part by concerns related to Hurricane Lane. According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), statewide RevPAR increased to $244 (+10.7%), with ADR of $290 (+3.4%) and occupancy of 84.3 percent (+5.5... Read More
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Hawaii tour group: 3 bitten by sharks while snorkeling

Hawaii tour group: 3 bitten by sharks while snorkeling Three people who were part of a tour group were bitten by a shark or sharks just after 10:40 this morning while snorkeling off a North Shore beach in Haleiwa, Oahu. A 57-year-old male visitor was bitten on is right arm, another male visitor (31 years of age) was bitten on his right shoulder, and a 24-year-old Hawaii resident was bitten on... Read More