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Hawaii: Economic and tourism growth to remains stable into next few years

Click to read the full article that was originally published on this site Hawaii The Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) released its fourth quarter 2017 Statistical and Economic Report, which shows that the overall economic condition of Hawaii remains stable into the next few years and economic growth will be steady, around 1.5 percent. During the first 10 months of 2017, the tourism industry has been performing better than expected. Visitor arrivals increased 4.9 percent and visitor spending increased 7.1 percent during the first nine months this…

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Canoe-surfing Santa Claus is coming… to Outrigger’s Waikiki resorts

Click to read the full article that was originally published on this site Santa Claus visits Waikiki Beach Santa is heading south and ditching his usual sleigh for a more traditional mode of island transportation for his annual visit to Waikiki Beach. As part of the Waikiki tradition, Outrigger invites guests to take part in the festivities at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort this holiday season with a can’t-miss arrival by Santa in canoe, followed by hula dancing, a delicious breakfast and a meet-and-greet with Mr. Claus himself! To celebrate the…

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Hawaii air cargo industry jumps nearly 1000 percent since 2002

Click to read the full article that was originally published on this site No, that isn’t a misprint. Over the past 15 years, inbound air cargo in Hawaii has grown a whopping 978.5 percent. The Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) released a report analyzing the recent and future trends in the Aloha State’s air cargo industry. The report highlights major changes in the air cargo industry in the past 15 years, which shows that inbound air cargo volume from the U.S. mainland jumped in 2002 due…

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Hawaii Tourism Authority appoints new Director of Tourism Research

Click to read the full article that was originally published on this site Jennifer Chun The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today that Jennifer Chun has been appointed as the agency’s Director of Tourism Research, starting December 1. “Jennifer is one of Hawaii’s top research experts for tourism strategy and has a keen understanding of how gathering and analyzing this data is essential to improving the industry’s future, both in supporting the business models of companies statewide and evaluating the sentiments of the community,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president…

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Hawaiian Airlines celebrates delivery of first Airbus A321neo

Click to read the full article that was originally published on this site Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Hawaiian Airlines celebrates delivery of first Airbus A321neo Hawaiian Airlines today marked delivery of its first Airbus A321neo aircraft, powered by revolutionary Pratt & Whitney Geared Turbofan (GTF) engines, with a ceremony at its headquarters at Honolulu International Airport. The airline will be the first GTF operator to utilize the aircraft’s 180-minute Extended Range Operations (ETOPS) certification, as well as the first airline in the United States to fly the GTF-powered…

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Hawaiian Airlines Chief ready to retire

Click to read the full article that was originally published on this site Hawaiian Air CEO “This has been a heart-wrenching decision,” said Mark Dunkerley, CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, on the announcement of his retirement, effective March 1, 2018. He will be succeeded by Peter Ingram, currently holding the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer position at Hawaiian Air. Dunkerley joined Hawaiian in December 2002, and his departure will end 15 years of leadership during which the company executed a remarkable turnaround to become one of the world’s most…

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Hawaii named among safest states for Thanksgiving travel

Click to read the full article that was originally published on this site Thanksgiving travel Thanksgiving is a time for expressing gratitude, spending time with loved ones, and eating so much turkey and stuffing that you think you’re going to be sick. But before you stuff your face with cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes, you have to actually get to your family and friends. Around 48.7 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving, and 89% of those travelers will drive to their destination. We wondered if traveling during Thanksgiving is more…

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Hawaii launches 2018 HISTEP export promotion program

Click to read the full article that was originally published on this site Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism The state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) announces the launch of the 2018 Hawaii State Trade Expansion Program (HiSTEP). The program is a comprehensive initiative designed to help Hawaii small businesses increase their exports, and is administered by DBEDT and partner organizations in Hawaii. It is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). A series of seminars will be held…

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Aloha oe, Island Air: Employees told in email, tomorrow will be last flight

Click to read the full article that was originally published on this site “It is with a heavy heart that I must inform all of you that tomorrow, Friday, the 10th of November, will be the last day for Island Air to be in service,” CEO David Uchiyama said in an email today to employees. Island Air is the state’s second-largest airline. “We have exhausted all options that would allow us to continue, and we have not been able to solidify any of those option(s) within the time frame needed,” Uchiyama…

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Oceania Cruises’ ship experiences power loss 20 miles off Oahu, Hawaii

Click to read the full article that was originally published on this site Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter M/S Regatta At approximately 2:00 a.m. local time in Honolulu, HI (7:00 a.m. local time in Miami, FL) Oceania Cruises’ M/S Regatta experienced a failure of its power generation plant. All guests and crew are safe and accounted for. The power plant has been restored and all guest services are fully functioning. The ship is currently making its way back to Honolulu to effect a technical assessment and the vessel’s current…

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