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Hawaii Tourism: Islands’ vacation rentals lagging behind hotels

Hawaii Tourism: Islands’ vacation rentals lagging behind hotels In November 2019, the total monthly supply of statewide vacation rentals was 919,100 unit nights and monthly demand was 630,500 unit nights, resulting in an average monthly unit occupancy of 68.6 percent. In comparison, Hawaii’s hotels were 78.8 percent occupied in November 2019. It is important to note that unlike hotels, condominium hotels, and timeshare resorts, vacation rental units are not necessarily available... Read More
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Hawaii Governor pledges support for striking Honolulu Airport workers

Hawaii Governor pledges support for striking Honolulu Airport workers UNITE HERE Local 5 members working at HMSHost Honolulu met with Hawaii Governor David Ige to secure his pledge to support the strike and their campaign to make One Job Enough to live in Hawaii. HMSHost Workers had an opportunity to share their stories with the governor as they discuss issues like low wages, healthcare, and the cost of living in Hawaii.... Read More
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How Many More Millions did Hawaii Hotels Earn Last Month?

According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), statewide RevPAR increased to $205 (+8.1%), with ADR at $260 (+4.4%) and occupancy of 78.8 percent (+2.7 percentage points) in November, a jump up also from October. In November, Hawaii hotel room revenues statewide grew by 7.6 percent to $330.3 million, which is $23.2 million higher than last year. Room demand rose to 1.3 million room nights,... Read More
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Honolulu International Airport workers go on strike

Over 500 UNITE HERE Local 5 members at HMSHost Honolulu—workers at the concessions, restaurants, Starbucks, bars, pantry, maintenance, etc.—are on strike. This is the first time that HMSHost workers have gone on strike in Hawaii. The recent contract negotiations on December 10th and 11th saw little movement from HMSHost, prompting the workers to move the campaign forward by walking out of their workplaces and joining the picket lines. Workers overwhelmingly voted... Read More
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Travel News distribution on a new level in 2020: eTurboNews is a trendsetter

Travel and Tourism News is an important part of the global news industry. Issues relevant to the travel and tourism industry and how they interact with the world economy, peace, environment,  politics, and people to people communication makes a difference. Tourism is the largest industry in the world. Started in Indonesia in 1999 with the ASEAN TOURISM DISCUSSION FORUM and in Hawaii with HAWAII TALK, eTurboNews was the first online publication... Read More
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Kāneiolouma Hawaiian village announces restoration plans

Beginning in January 2020, a crew of traditional Hawaiian stone masons and cultural practitioners will begin Phase Three of the Kāneiolouma project – the full restoration of this ancient Hawaiian village located on Kauai’s beautiful south shore. Located only steps away from world-famous Poipu Beach, Kāneiolouma is a largely intact 20-acre Hawaiian village dating back to the mid-1400’s. At its center, the complex contains the sacred spring of Waiohai. “A lot... Read More
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Deadly Terror Attack at Pearl Harbor Hawaii? Arizona Memorial lock-down just cleared

Deadly Terror Attack at Pearl Harbor Hawaii? Arizona Memorial lock-down just cleared Visitors are safe and all Pearl Harbor gates are now open again. Tourists and other visitors are now able to leave the Memorial and the base. Earlier Tourists visiting Arizona Memorial were under a “shelter in place” order unable to leave the base at this time.  Earlier Pearl Harbor was under attack. A reported shooting has shut down access... Read More
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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