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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 […]

Did Hurricane Lane impact Hawaii hotels?

In August 2019, 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 […]

Hawaii hotel workers observe Labor Day with action against Diamond Resorts

Unite Here Local 5 hotel workers skipped a traditional Labor Day celebration to take action against Diamond Resorts, owner of the Modern Honolulu and Ka’anapali Beach Club on Maui. Workers occupied the public easement within the hotel property to celebrate labor victories while supporting Modern Honolulu and Ka’anapali Beach Club workers in their fight for […]

Hawaii visitors spending less

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $8.88 billion in the first half of 2019, a decrease of 2.0 percent compared to the same period in 2018, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). In the month of June, total visitor spending was up 2.8 percent compared to […]

Hawaii hotel performance no. 1 in US and top 10 worldwide

In comparison to other top U.S. markets, hotels in the Hawaiian Islands recorded the highest average RevPAR and ADR in the first half of 2019. When compared to international “sun and sea” destinations, Hawaii found itself among the top 10 markets for RevPAR from January through June of this year. Through the first 6 months […]

Hawaii hotel revenue: Thankful for the first day of summer?

The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) Tourism Research Division issued a report of findings utilizing data compiled by STR, Inc., which conducts a comprehensive survey of hotel properties in the Hawaiian Islands. The latest report covers last month, May 2019. In May 2019, Hawaii hotels statewide reported that revenue per available room (RevPAR) was flat overall […]

Best beach in Hawaii: Naked Surfing and Nude Boogie Boarding make tourists take their clothes off

Visiting Hawaii and wanted to take your clothes off?  Nude surfing and naked boogie boarding in Hawaii are popular on Little Beach. Little Beach on Maui has been voted the best nude beach in Hawaii and is among the 10 most popular clothing optional beaches in the world according to nudist experts and Instagram star […]

Chances a tourist swallows a Rat Lungworm on a Hawaii vacation?

Millions of tourists visit Hawaii every year. The Hawaii Tourism Authority remains silent on the fact that 75% of slugs on the Island of Hawaii test positive for Rat Lung Worm. Cases on Maui have been confirmed. The good news is that rat lungworms prefer to enter the body of a rat and are not […]

Hawaii Tourism Authority appoints new Director of Communications and Public Relations

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today that Marisa Yamane, a longtime award-winning journalist, has been appointed as director of communications and public relations. She begins work at HTA on May 6. “We are very excited to welcome Marisa to our HTA ohana, as she brings to us more than 15 years of journalism experience […]

Crime out of control and rampant in Waikiki: Let’s make it unwelcoming for homeless

The perception is that crime is out of control and rampant in Waikiki. The community wants to make Waikiki unwelcome and uncomfortable for homeless people. Crime is not out of control, according to Susan Ballard, Chief of the Honolulu Police Department. “Waikiki is a safe location for visitors and residents,” she states. However, the Police […]

Number of Hawaii visitors up but spending down

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.39 billion in February 2019, a decrease of 2.7 percent compared to February 20181, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority. This is another dip following the 3.8 decrease in January. In February, visitor spending increased from the U.S. West (+4.7% to […]

DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Beach hotel workers call for respect from management

DoubleTree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Beach hotel workers organized a public action in their hotel lobby this morning, demanding respect from management, safe workloads, and a fair process to decide whether to unionize. “Our decision to demand a fair process to decide whether or not to unionize was not about the money, but rather the […]

Honolulu Mayor wants to increase hotel taxes

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell today unveiled a US$2.83 billion operating budget, – 8.6 percent higher than last year, which is the equivalent of an additional $223 million. The proposed tax increase includes owners of hotel and resort land and higher-end residential “investment” properties paying $1 more for every $1,000 of assessed value. Property taxes are […]

Hawaii hotel performance overall declined

In January 2019, Hawaii hotels statewide reported a small increase in average daily rate (ADR) but a decrease in occupancy resulted in lower revenue per available room (RevPAR) compared to January 2018. According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report published by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), statewide RevPAR declined to $238 (-2.2%), ADR rose to […]

Southwest Airlines may fly between Honolulu and Vegas

If you live in Hawaii, Las Vegas, Nevada, is such a popular travel destination that locals refer to it as the Hawaiian Islands’ 9th island. Today, Southwest Airlines’ CEO Gary Kelly announced that they are seriously considering adding nonstop flights between the 2 destinations. The airline is planning to begin Hawaii service in April of […]

Hawaii’s Mokulele Airlines bought by Southern Airways

Southern Airways announced today that it has acquired Mokulele Airlines in Hawaii. Southern plans to keep the Mokulele brand, while operating all flights on the Southern Airways FAA operating certificate. The acquisition, which closed Friday, makes Southern the nation’s largest commuter airline operator. Prior to the acquisition, Southern operated 600 weekly flights across 20 cities […]

Traveling to Hawaii? How LGBTQ friendly is the Aloha State?

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their 5th annual State Equality Index (SEI), a comprehensive report detailing statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, and assessing how well states are protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. Hawaii falls into the category, “Solidifying Equality.” Because there […]

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%) […]

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.

Hawaii Tourism paradise has a dark side: 117 people dead in 2018

Hawaii has a dark track record of 117 people that died on its roadways in 2018.

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

The new President and CEO of the HTA, Chris Tatum, has his roots in Hawaii’s tourism.

Hawaii hotels: Flat growth

Hawaii hotels statewide reported no growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR)

Travel alert! Everyday Carry Shirt to prevent pickpocketing?

A former U.S. State Department Security Officer has a safety message for business travelers and advice for tourists with a solution for everyone carrying a smartphone, a passport, or a wallet when on the road. His name is David Bowers and his message is the Everyday Carry Shirt. David Bowers created a solution on how to […]

Hawaii Tourism Authority banks on Marriott with two key appointments to lead Visitors Industry

Hawaii Tourism Authority is finalizing a new leadership for the Hawaii Travel and Tourism Industry. The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced the appointments of two key executive leaders today, naming Keith Regan as chief administrative officer and Karen Hughes as vice president of marketing and product development. Both will begin work on December 17.

Self-driving taxis: What about safety and experience?

We’re building the world’s most experienced driver. This is the message on the Waymo website, but a Waymo safety driver appeared to fall asleep while behind the wheel causing an accident after he inadvertently turned off the driving software. “You still find an alert driver when taking a taxi in Hawaii. Taxi Drivers in Honolulu working […]

Marriott Housekeeper appointed as Hawaii Tourism Authority President and CEO

Mr. Marriott junior must feel a sense of pride knowing one of his own. Chris Tatum started as a housekeeper at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Today he was appointed as the new President and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. 

Hawaii hotel strike: UNITE HERE Local 5 and Kyo-ya reach tentative agreement

UNITE HERE Local 5 and Kyo-ya have reached a tentative agreement on a new union contract. “We’re grateful for the solidarity of our fellow union members and the support of the entire community,” UNITE HERE Local 5 President Gemma Weinstein said today. “The new agreement meets the needs of our employees and Kyo-ya,” said the […]

Hawaii Tourism publishes comprehensive report for 2017

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today the publishing of the 2017 Annual Visitor Research Report, the most comprehensive collection of research and analysis about the performance, characteristics and visitor profiles of Hawaii’s tourism industry in 2017. The 188-page report provides businesses and stakeholders involved in tourism with a better understanding about Hawaii’s leading industry […]

76-year-old man killed in tour trolley accident in Honolulu

An Oli Oli tour bus was allegedly involved in an accident today on the island of Oahu in Hawaii that left a 76-year-old man dead at the scene. The tour bus driver is in custody under suspicion of driving under the infuence after refusing to participate in a field sobriety test. He was arrested for suspicion […]

Hawaii tourist takes control of chopper after pilot loses consciousness

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released a report today on a helicopter crash that happened in Hawaii in October during a scenic tour of Oahu. A 57-year-old pilot lost consciousness and slumped over, and a passenger grabbed the controls and tried to slow the helicopter’s descent as it was headed to crash on a […]

Hawaiian Airlines ups the fee for checked baggage

Hawaiian Airlines is raising its checked baggage fees effective immediately. Hawaiian’s first checked bag fee is now $30 and 2nd bag checked fee is now $40. This $5 increase is for flights to and from Hawaii and the US mainland. For neighbor island flights, the checked bag fees will remain the same. International flight passengers […]

Hawaii visitor spending on the rise

Visitors to the Hawaiian Islands spent a total of $1.28 billion in September 2018, an increase of 6.4 percent compared to a year ago, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). Visitor spending increased from U.S. West (+2.5% to $460.2 million), U.S. East (+7.9% to $297.3 million) and All Other […]

Fired and thankful: HTA Chief

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 […]

Hawaii competitive with international sun and sea destinations

Through the first three quarters of 2018, Hawaii hotels statewide reported modest increases in revenue per available room (RevPAR) and average daily rate (ADR) with flat occupancy, all of which kept the Hawaiian Islands competitive with other domestic and international markets. According to the Hawaii Hotel Performance Report issued today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority […]

Unfair labor practice charge filed against Sheraton Maui for banning its employees

Local 5 has filed an unfair labor practice charge against Sheraton Maui, alleging violations of federal labor law against three Sheraton Maui employees. Just days after Kyo-ya released a statement saying they’re “ready to welcome back” striking employees, management at the hotel – owned by Kyo-ya and operated by Marriott – trespassed three Sheraton Maui […]

Kyo-ya’s Sheraton Maui trespasses 3 employees over strike leaflets

Just days after releasing a statement saying they’re “ready to welcome back” striking employees, Kyo-ya trespassed three Sheraton Maui workers, which bans them from the hotel property for one year. The three employees were passing out leaflets to guests in the hotel’s porte corchere, informing them of the strike which impacts their hotel and four […]