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 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
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