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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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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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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
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Hawaii Tourism issues report on accommodations in the Aloha State

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has issued the 2018 Visitor Plant Inventory Report, which shows total visitor accommodation units throughout the Hawaiian Islands have increased slightly to 80,751 units (+0.1%) compared to 2017. Most of Hawaii’s visitor accommodation units in 2018 were comprised of hotel rooms (54.3%), followed by vacation rentals (16.2%), timeshare units (14.8%) and condo hotel units (13.1%), with the balance (1.6%) being a combination of other accommodation types,... Read More
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Flight attendant dies on Hawaiian Airlines Honolulu – New York flight

Hawaiian Airlines flight 50 departed Daniel K. Inouye International Airport Thursday night with 253 passengers for a scheduled nonstop flight to New York, JFK airport. One of the flight attendant working this flight was 60-year-old Emile Griffith a resident of Pahoa, on the Island of Hawaii. He worked for the airline for more than 30 years. Midway over the Pacific Ocean, his colleagues, a doctor and a paramedic among passengers performed cardiopulmonary... Read More
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How did Hawaii hotels perform in 2018?

Hawaii hotels statewide concluded 2018 with modest increases in revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rate (ADR), and a small decrease in occupancy. According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), statewide RevPAR grew to $222 (+4.6%), ADR rose to $278 (+5.1%), and occupancy of 79.8 percent (-0.4 percentage points) was similar in 2018 to 2017. HTA’s Tourism Research Division issued the... Read More
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No Southwest Airlines flights for Hawaii travelers

Southwest Airlines is reaching out to Hawaii budget travelers with budget flights that are so critical to this expensive state. Some flyers are happy, while some say this is just going to contribute to over tourism in the Aloha State. But for now, it’s a moot point, because these flights won’t be happening for months to come, and here’s why. It’s all because of the US government shutdown. eTN Chatroom: Discuss... Read More
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US Government shut down: Hawaiian Kingdom separatist group storms building to take over

Hawaii doesn’t need a US Federal Government. This is the opinion of a separatist group named the Kingdom of Atooi that stormed the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in Honolulu today and caused a lockdown and massive police intervention. The Kingdom of Atooi stormed the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) stating that they were there to arrest trustees and seize assets. This caused a lockdown that lasted several hours as the group... Read More
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US Government shut down: Hawaiian Kingdom separatist group storms building to take over

Hawaii doesn’t need a US Federal Government. This is the opinion of a separatist group named the Kingdom of Atooi that stormed the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in Honolulu today and caused a lockdown and massive police intervention. The Kingdom of Atooi stormed the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) stating that they were there to arrest trustees and seize assets. This caused a lockdown that lasted several hours as the group... Read More
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Ex HTA Chief returns to Hawaii tourism

DBEDT is the Department of Business, Economic, Development & Tourism in Hawaii and also responsible for the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). Mike McCartney was head of HTA from 2009-2014 and was promoted to serve as the Governor’s Chief of Staff in 2014. As is par for the course for decades in the State of Hawaii, many leading positions are shifted around among the same individuals. Now McCartney will be in charge... Read More