Articles tagged “hawaii”

Hawaii Tries a Light Touch for New Vacation Rental Regulations

Hawaii Tries a Light Touch for New Vacation Rental Regulations

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

We've yet to see a market where the carrot approach works better than the stick, and we're not optimistic about Hawaii’s hopes either.

3 days ago

U.S. Asks Hawaii Judge to Clarify Travel Ban Ruling on Refugees

U.S. Asks Hawaii Judge to Clarify Travel Ban Ruling on Refugees

Associated Press

Did the Hawaii judge block the entire travel ban 2.0 or just parts of it? The Trump administration is trying to figure out if it can still temporarily block all refugees, regardless of their religion or citizenship.

1 week ago

Maui National Park Grapples With Overtourism

Maui National Park Grapples With Overtourism

Audrey McAvoy and Caleb Jones, Associated Press

The National Park Service is no stranger to overtourism in its most renowned parks. Requiring reservations and payment in advance may irritate some visitors to Maui, but if the NPS wants to preserve this valuable natural habitat for future travelers to enjoy, it doesn't have much choice.

2 months ago

Hawaii Tourism Boosted by Virgin America Flights and Vacation Rental Uptick

Hawaii Tourism Boosted by Virgin America Flights and Vacation Rental Uptick

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

With all of the political fireworks going on in Florida with Visit Florida's spending and disclosure practices, tourism authorities like the Hawaii Tourism Authority will be subject to greater scrutiny, as well. These boards will have to get more efficient and need to step up their games.

2 months ago

Hawaiian Lawmakers Want State’s Tourism Board to be More Transparent With Spending

Hawaiian Lawmakers Want State’s Tourism Board to be More Transparent With Spending

Associated Press

Hawaii gets more funding for tourism marketing than any other U.S. state and is already a well-known international destination. We recently saw how a lack of transparency led to leadership changes at Visit Florida, a lesson Hawaii and other state tourism agencies should heed.

2 months ago

Hawaii’s Tourism Hopes Ride Along a Wave of Olympic Surfing

Hawaii’s Tourism Hopes Ride Along a Wave of Olympic Surfing

Associated Press, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Surf's up, indeed. Hawaii is often thought of as the literal and spiritual birthplace of surfing, so building a travel marketing campaign around the sport makes a lot of sense for the destination, especially as it rides a wave of record-breaking tourism numbers, too.

4 months ago

Hawaii Tourism Hits a New Record in August at 780,000 Visitors

Hawaii Tourism Hits a New Record in August at 780,000 Visitors

Associated Press

Hawaii is highly successful at finding new visitors when economic conditions keep some others away.

6 months ago

Feds Move to Protect Stressed Out Dolphins From Tourists in Hawaii

Feds Move to Protect Stressed Out Dolphins From Tourists in Hawaii

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

We're not eager to see companies go out of business, but this is part of a broader move that rethinks the relationship between tourists and animals, some in captivity and some in the wild.

7 months ago

Hawaii Governor Blocks Bill to Collect Taxes from Airbnb

Hawaii Governor Blocks Bill to Collect Taxes from Airbnb

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press

More city and state government officials, from Hawaii to Los Angeles and San Francisco, want Airbnb and their peers to help them enforce local laws. But the platforms continue to use the Communications Decency Act as a shield that diverts any liability onto their users. It's clear that we need a better approach that allows both local governments and short-term rental problems to address regulations together.

9 months ago

Hawaii Governor Will Veto Bill Allowing Airbnb To Collect Taxes

Hawaii Governor Will Veto Bill Allowing Airbnb To Collect Taxes

Cathy Bussewitz, Associated Press

Hawaii may become the only U.S. state so far to veto legislation that requires sharing economy services to collect state and local taxes.

9 months ago

South Korean Investors Buy Up Beachfront Resorts, Landmark Hotels Abroad

South Korean Investors Buy Up Beachfront Resorts, Landmark Hotels Abroad

Hui-yong Yu and Sohee Kim, Bloomberg

Chinese insurance firms named Anbang aren't the only ones looking to invest in hotel properties abroad.

10 months ago

Hawaii Rides a Wave of Record Visitor Arrivals

Hawaii Rides a Wave of Record Visitor Arrivals

Associated Press

If the Hawaiian islands can increase their numbers of international and domestic flights, they might be on course to set even bigger tourism records than anticipated.

10 months ago