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Category: Hawaii

2013 A Year of Change for the Travel Industry

Marriott-Kauai-Pool-Area

As 2013 comes to a close, year in review stories are appearing across the Internet. I just came across a story in Travel Weekly “The Top Stories of 2013” which listed a number of impact events within the travel industry. Read more

Hawaii Hotel Updates

Hawaii Hotel Updates

Fairmont Orchid Hawaii
Fairmont Orchid Hawaii Resort

Every month the Hawaii Visitor and Convention Bureau announce statistics about new tourist arrivals that smash previous records. Hawaii is indeed the hottest vacation destination this year. Much of this increased demand from both the east and west comes can be attributed to the energy generated by the hotel properties. They have used the recent recession as an opportunity to update and renovate providing entirely new vacation experiences.  Here’s a sample of improvements the Hawaii Hotels are offering. Read more

5-Days of Things to Do in Waikiki

Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach

Hawaii as a vacation destination is on fire. According to a new Smith Travel Research and Hospitality Advisors joint study, the aggregate revenue generated by Hawaiian hotels in the month of April was $276 million which is an incredible 9.4% higher than any previous month since 2006.
For years, Hawaii lamented various reasons the visitor arrival count shrunk. No island felt the recession’s impact more than Oahu and Waikiki. However, Waikiki is now most popular destination in the Pacific. They have new hotels, a whole new beach walk promenade area and that great Waikiki nightlife. When I visit Waikiki here is how I spend my week. Read more

Hawaiian Vacations Continue to Shine!

Waikiki Beach
World Famous Waikiki Beach

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) recently announced that tourist arrivals for the month of April 2013 climbed 3.1% year over the year prior to just under 667,000 visitors. Total spending by visitors across Hawaii increased 1.8% in April, to just over $1.1 billion in April. This welcome news comes on top increases in each of the four previous months from December 2012 to present. Read more