Articles tagged “hawaii”

Okinawa Is Set to Overtake Hawaii in Visitor Numbers

Okinawa Is Set to Overtake Hawaii in Visitor Numbers

Katsuyo Kuwako, Bloomberg

Okinawa is benefiting from an overall boost in tourism to Japan, which broke a new visitation record this year. But Hawaii hotels may have also priced themselves out of many travelers' budgets.

3 hours ago

Southwest Airlines Considers Flying Short-Hops Between Hawaiian Islands

Southwest Airlines Considers Flying Short-Hops Between Hawaiian Islands

Justin Bachman, Bloomberg

For an airline, launching inter-island Hawaii flights sounds enticing. The weather is good, fares are relatively high, and demand is steady. But many carriers have failed in trying to build a franchise to compete with Hawaiian Airlines. It owns the market and has the right plane — the Boeing 717 — to serve it.

2 weeks ago

New Honolulu Law Outlawing Mobile Devices in Crosswalks Has Tourists Confused

New Honolulu Law Outlawing Mobile Devices in Crosswalks Has Tourists Confused

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher and Caleb Jones, Associated Press

As the story points out, it seems more logical to crack down on drivers using mobile devices while driving, which could do a lot more damage than a tourist crossing a street.

3 weeks ago

Trump Appeals Hawaii Judge’s Order Blocking Third Travel Ban

Trump Appeals Hawaii Judge’s Order Blocking Third Travel Ban

Associated Press

We've seen this game before. It's all likely headed to the black-robed men and women sitting in Washington.

4 weeks ago

Island Air Files for Bankruptcy but Continues to Fly in Hawaii

Island Air Files for Bankruptcy but Continues to Fly in Hawaii

Associated Press

Since Aloha Airlines failed about a decade ago, Hawaiian Airlines has been the undisputed top carrier for short-haul Hawaii routes. If Island Air continues to struggle, Hawaiian could get stronger, but there's a major caveat. Southwest Airlines has said it might fly between the islands. Will it?

1 month ago

Trump Won’t Release Secret Report He Argues Justifies Travel Ban

Trump Won’t Release Secret Report He Argues Justifies Travel Ban

Peter Blumberg, Bloomberg

Do we just have to take the President's word that a foundational report behind the travel ban justifies the executive order? Having the judge review the report without disclosing it publicly might be a solution.

1 month ago

Southwest Airlines Will Fly to Hawaii as Soon as Next Year

Southwest Airlines Will Fly to Hawaii as Soon as Next Year

Brian Sumers, Skift

After years of hinting, Southwest will finally fly to Hawaii. This is good news for passengers, as fares may fall — if only slightly. Other airlines won't want to let Southwest win too much market share.

1 month ago

Hawaii Sees Trump’s Third Travel Ban as a Tourism Detriment

Hawaii Sees Trump’s Third Travel Ban as a Tourism Detriment

Joe Schneider, Bloomberg

Hawaii, which has much to lose given its dependence on tourism, is going to try to overturn the latest tourist and refugee ban.

1 month ago

Hawaii Residents Sue FAA Over Noisy Tour Helicopters

Hawaii Residents Sue FAA Over Noisy Tour Helicopters

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

Once again, we see increased tourism ruining quality of life for residents of Hawaii. The battle over access to National Parks continues around the country.

1 month ago

Luxury Travelers Seek Winter Alternatives to Hard-Hit Caribbean Destinations

Luxury Travelers Seek Winter Alternatives to Hard-Hit Caribbean Destinations

Laura Powell, Skift

No doubt destinations are hoping that visitors will return when islands have a chance to recover and clean up. Old habits and geography are in their favor.

2 months ago

Maui Is Considering a 29 Percent Tax Increase for Vacation Rental Owners

Maui Is Considering a 29 Percent Tax Increase for Vacation Rental Owners

Melissa Tanji, The Maui News via Associated Press

Vacation rentals in the Aloha State are a big business so it's no wonder the government wants a cut.

2 months ago

Hawaii Regulators Are Investigating Resort Fees

Hawaii Regulators Are Investigating Resort Fees

Associated Press

Just as we noted a few weeks ago, hotel-fee initiatives, in some ways, seem to be inspired by what the airlines are doing. Likewise, it seems that state regulators are taking a much closer look at those fees, and whether their disclosure is transparent and clear enough before purchase.

2 months ago