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Updated US Travel Advisory for China: Will China tourism officials retaliate?

Every day 8000 Chinese tourists enter the United States, and every day an average of 5000 American tourists enter China. Americans should exercise increased caution in China due to arbitrary enforcement of local laws as well as special restrictions on dual U.S.-Chinese nationals. eTN Chatroom: Discuss with readers from around the world: A trade war between the two superpowers is obvious and issuing a travel alert in the midsts of such a... Read More

PATA Micronesia Chapter: New Board of Directors and Chairs

This past month marked the end of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Micronesia Chapter’s directorship for 2017 – 2018. For the past four years (two-year consecutive terms), Pilar Laguaña has led the Micronesia Chapter as the Chairwoman alongside Vice Chairman Bermance Aldis, Secretary Faustina Marugg, Treasurer Judy Torres, and alternate Board Member Paula Monk. The Chapter has five executive standing committees – (1) Marketing, (2) Membership, (3) Education, (4) Culture,... Read More
Hawaii Tourism News 

Marriott manager takes on Hawaii Tourism: What is his vision?

The Aloha State of Hawaii has had its challenges when it comes to tourism in 2018. From a volcano spewing lava and ash and opening fissures that caught the attention of the national media, to flooding and hurricanes and even rat lungworm disease. And that’s just the mother nature side of the story. Then there were the man-made challenges for the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) in the form a negative state... Read More
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Hawaii Tourism Authority: Visitor spending ‘nearly flat’ in November

Hawaii visitor arrivals rise, spending remains flat Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.29 billion in November 2018, which was nearly flat (-0.3%) compared to November 2017, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). In November, growth in visitor spending from the U.S. West (+6.5% to $533.1 million), U.S. East (+9.3% to $292.3 million) and Canada (+2.6% to $99.6 million) markets was offset... Read More

Christmas eve for homeless in Honolulu means Sweeps

The ACLU of Hawai‘i reached out to the office of the Mayor this weekend, urging the City to reconsider and cancel its planned “sweep” of Waikiki’s houseless community this Christmas Eve. As of 1:30 p.m. today, the City has refused. The ACLU and homelessness experts note that nothing prevents the City from connecting people with services, including helping people get into shelters or more permanent housing, without the threat of arrest.... Read More
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Waikiki Beach Marriott workers overwhelmingly vote to ratify new contract

Waikiki Beach Marriott workers ratify union contract UNITE HERE Local 5 members who work at Waikiki Beach Marriott voted overwhelmingly today to ratify a union contract that covers nearly 500 workers. The contract is modeled after the contract agreement that was reached on November 27 with Kyo-ya, which owns five Marriott-operated hotels that went on strike for 51 days with the demand that one job should be enough to live in... Read More
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Hawaii Special Alert: Federal Government Shutdown

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has created a special Alert page on its website providing industry partners, visitors and residents with information and online resources about national parks, monuments and wildlife refuges in the Hawaiian Islands that could be affected by the partial federal government shutdown. The partial federal government shutdown, which took effect on Friday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. HST, may result in closures at national parks, monuments, and... Read More
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Hawaii hotels: Flat growth

The Tourism Research Division of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) issued findings utilizing data compiled by STR, Inc., which conducts surveys of hotel properties in the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii hotels statewide reported no growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR), modest growth in average daily rate (ADR) and a decrease in occupancy in November 2018. According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), RevPAR... Read More
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HawaiianMiles expands partnership with Points to enhance travel program

Points today further expanded its partnership with Hawaiian Airlines to enable HawaiianMiles members to earn frequent flyer miles when booking hotels. Through a single integration with Points’ Loyalty Commerce Platform, which powers Points Travel services, HawaiianMiles members may now earn up to 10,000 frequent flyer miles per night when booking on over 300,000 hotels across the globe. This significant program enhancement follows a successful travel program launch in 2016 that enabled HawaiianMiles... Read More
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Carnival Cruise Line adds San Francisco to its West Coast port network

Carnival Miracle to sail to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico from San Francisco Carnival Cruise Line today announced that for the first time, it will offer a series of cruises from San Francisco, with Carnival Miracle operating a diverse schedule that includes four- to 15-day voyages to Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico in 2020. Following strong reception to a previously announced program from San Diego in 2019, Carnival Miracle will also return to... Read More