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Resort developer forging ahead with Hanalei River Ridge development on Kauai

KAUAI, Hawaii - At the request of the Hanalei to Haena Community Association ( http://www.hhcakauai.org/ ), Pierre Omidyar's resort development team from his Ohana Real Estate Investors LLC (OREI) ( h

Hawaii Tourism Authority and Japan Association of Travel Agents sign MOU

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state's tourism agency, and the Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA), Japan's sanctioned tourism association, signed a Memorandum of Und

ICTP announced Hawaii State Senate joined as partner member

HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is pleased to announce the Hawaii State Senate has joined the alliance as a dest

Hawaii’s leading airlines becomes Ambassador for the Hawaii Tourism Association

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Hawaii's leading airline today became a tourism ambassador and joined the initiative by the Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) to attract new developing markets to the state to furth

Keeping the main pillar of Hawaii’s economy standing

HONOLULU, Hawaii (eTN) - Tourism has long been and continues to be the main pillar of Hawaii’s economy.

Hawaii legislator works to reform tourist visa policies

HONOLULU, Hawaii – In 2010, more than 54 million Chinese citizens traveled abroad.

Car rental rates in Honolulu almost triple for Christmas

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Travelers who are yearning to be home for the Christmas holiday in the Aloha State better make sure they have some extra cash handy.

Hawaii Tourism Association appoints ambassador for Saudi Arabia

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Muhammad Imran Hassan as their tourism ambassador for Saudi Arabia. Mr.

Hawaii tourism welcomes Air Australia’s new Honolulu route

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) is extremely pleased to welcome Air Australia to the US market through its two new routes servicing Brisbane and Melbourne to Honolulu.

Is Mexico way better than Hawaii?

HONOLULU, Hawaii (eTN) - ETN reader, Chris Whitesides, a resident of Hawaii for 30 years, was watching a program on the History Channel last night and was so offended by an ad he saw endorsing Mexico

Where will Hawaii’s tourists come from?

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Tourism is Hawaii’s #1 export industry, so it has to be conscious of where its customers hail from.

Direct flights nice… but necessary?

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Is it just me, but have you ever let the lack of a direct flight stop you from going where you want to go? I didn’t think so.

APEC – a lost public relations opportunity for the State of...

Honolulu hotels and resorts were sold out during the recent APEC conference. Room rates were up, but of course expected.

Increased airlift expected to put Hawaii on track to reach 2011...

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Despite the decline in visitor arrivals for August, total arrivals and spending for all of 2011 to date remains up over 2010 with a 14.1 percent increase in overall spending and an

International Hawaii Tourism Ambassador program launched

The Hawaii Tourism Ambassador program launched today with the appointment of Patrick Wong of World Express Pte Ltd. as the Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) Singapore ambassador.

Hawaii visitor spending and arrivals up

HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Hawai'i's tourism economy continues to fare well despite global economic uncertainty, with an increase in arrivals and visitors who are staying longer and spending more than they d

Hawaii greets inaugural direct flight from China

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA) welcomed the first regularly-scheduled direct flight from China to Hawai'i today.

Festivals of Hawaii App now available for download

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Locals and visitors can now find timely information on events sponsored by the Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA) at their fingertips.

HiTA offers a constructive approach to deal with Hawaii homeless issues

Just this past Saturday night, I walked along Kalakaua Avenue close to the Hyatt Regency, and came across a young man sleeping on the sidewalk on his mattress made of cardboard, with a sign: "Veteran

Keeping Hawaii tourism honest

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The Hawaii Tourism Association (HiTA) today opened the floor to anyone wanting to comment, praise, or criticize Hawaii’s tourism industry.

First quarter statistics for Hawaii tourism bodes well

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Despite the anticipated drop in Japan arrivals in March due to the earthquake and tsunami, overall total spending by visitors who came to Hawai'i in the first quarter of 2011 increa

Quick action needed to replace lost business from Japan

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Earlier this week I sent the following letter to Hawaii’s Congressional Delegation and Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie.

Hawaii expecting double digit decline in Japan arrivals

As Japan continues to literally dig out from under the effects of the massive March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Hawaii is closely monitoring the impact this is having on its visitor industry

Hawaii tourism bracing for Japanese ebb tide

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Hawaii’s Governor Neil Abercrombie stated recently that the loss from the expected downfall in tourism from Japan will be tens of millions of dollars.

Hawaii absent from world’s largest travel exhibition

The largest travel exhibition in the world, ITB Berlin, opened today in Germany with a total of 11,163 exhibiting companies and organizations from 188 countries presenting their products and the lates

Hawaii limits its tourism markets

I attended the spring market briefing by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). Here are some quick hits on things that were presented by HTA (in no particular order):

Mainland Chinese tourists a logical target for Hawaii

Tourism is the most economically important industry to the United States’ only island state, Hawaii.

Prices in Hawaii up nearly 2 percent over last year

Prices in the greater Honolulu area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), advanced 0.9 percent in the second half of 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reporte