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What Spirit Airways does for a 96-year-old U.S. World War II hero

He was bombardier and navigator with the U.S. Air Force, fending off Nazi anti-aircraft gunners and surviving a crash that took one of his comrade’s legs. Honor Flight South Florida helps transport the nation’s oldest veterans, who served in WWII, as well as the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. These heroes are given a chance to visit their memorials and feel the gratitude of their country. During the trips, the veterans... Read More
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The Hotel Strike Must go on

Local 5 issued the following statement Friday night : Local 5 members have worked hard since the end of our contract in July to initiate a productive discussion with management about the core issues affecting our industry. We took a step forward tonight. There is a significant distance remaining, but we know that we’re walking with a strong community of workers and allies.Our strike will continue until further notice. Our picket lines remain strong... Read More

One month left to apply for SBA disaster loans

Director Tanya N. Garfield of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Disaster Field Operations Center-West today reminded Hawaii private nonprofit organizations of the Nov. 26, 2018, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for property damage caused by Hurricane Lane that occurred Aug. 22-29, 2018. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance. According to Garfield, eligible private nonprofits of any size may apply for SBA federal disaster loans of up... Read More
Hawaii Tourism News 

Fired and thankful: HTA Chief

George D. Szigeti The President & CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, George D. Szigeti, bids a fond aloha to the state agency, sharing his parting thoughts: With October coming to a close, my tenure as President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority is also ending. I joined HTA in May 2015 and have enjoyed the experience of helping HTA to fulfill its mission these past three-and-a-half years. It has... Read More
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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

Creative Lab Hawaii announces immersive program fellows to attend prestigious American Film Market

Strengthening industry access for Hawaii’s creative entrepreneurs, the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s (DBEDT) Creative Industries Division (CID) announces selected fellows of the Creative Lab Hawaii (CLH) Immersive Program who will participate in the world’s largest motion picture business event at the 2018 American Film Market (AFM). Hosting professionals from across the globe looking to establish partnerships and strike film deals in every stage of development and production, the... 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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Hawaii Tourism Authority In Transition: Growth Down, but Not Out

Hawaii Travel and Tourism's future is on questionable grounds. The visitor's industry in the U.S. State of Hawaii is the number one industry and is banking on the Aloha Spirit to make Hawaii this special place in the world. Because of the looming local and national elections and the many recent dramatic international and local events (two near-miss Hawaii hurricanes, major flooding and the Hawaii Island Kilauea volcano eruptions), many important... 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