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Hawaii Visitor Spending Rose 8.7 Percent in May 2017

Visitors spent a total of $1.3 billion in the Hawaiian Islands in May 2017, an increase of 8.7 percent versus a year ago, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). In addition, total visitor arrivals rose 4.5 percent to 751,191 visitors fueled by growth in arrivals by air (+3.9% to 737,254) and by cruise ships (+49.1% to 13,937).

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HTA Offers Funding to Programs Supporting Hawaiian Culture, Hawaii’s Natural Resources and Community-Based Events in 2018

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today that funding support will be provided to qualified applicants for programs in 2018 that perpetuate Hawaiian culture, preserve Hawaii’s natural resources and present community-based festivals and events.  … Continue Reading

Registration Opens for 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu, Sept. 19-21

Early-bird registration offering flexible discounted rates is now available for the 2017 Global Tourism Summit, being presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), Sept. 19-21. … Continue Reading

15 Great Ways to Experience Hawai’i’s World Famous Multiculturalism

The story of Hawai’i is comprised of the stories and histories of multiple cultures. From the indigenous Hawaiian culture, which was the first to mālama ka ‘āina (“care for the land), to the Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Filipino, Okinawan and Puerto Rican citizens who began arriving in the mid-19th century to work on Hawai’i’s sugar and pineapple plantations. Hawai’i celebrates the diversity of its population year round at festivals, events, museums and exhibits, via activities and tours, and in the daily pursuits of its residents. Next time you’re in the Islands, here’s how you can, too.  … Continue Reading

Hawaii’s Visitor Statistics Results for April 2017

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement commenting on Hawaii’s visitor statistics in April 2017. … Continue Reading

Tourism Industry Encouraged to Recognize Hawaii’s #FacesofTravel

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement encouraging Hawaii’s tourism industry partners to highlight their employees during National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-13. … Continue Reading

Hawaii’s Visitor Statistics Results for March 2017

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement regarding Hawaii’s visitor statistics in March 2017. … Continue Reading

Polynesian Adventure Tours – Gray Line Hawaii Awarded 10 Year Haleakala National Park Guided Vehicle Tour Contract

The National Park Service has selected Polynesian Adventure Tours to receive a 10-year concession contract to operate guided vehicle tours at Haleakala National Park, effective January 1, 2018. … Continue Reading

Rat Lungworm Disease is Very Rare and Easily Preventable in Hawaii

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement to reassure Hawaii’s tourism industry and visitors planning trips to the Hawaiian Islands that rat lungworm disease is very rare and easily preventable. … Continue Reading

Proposed Legislation Impacting Hawaii’s Tourism Future

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following commentary about House Bill 1471 and Senate Bill 704, as they relate to transient accommodations, and Senate Bill 658, relating to the establishment of a Hawaii Airport Corporation.

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