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For Hawaii it all comes back to Tourism: HLTA CEO Mufi Hannemann candid views

Scott Foster Scott Foster- November 23, 2019 07:16

Former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann is one of the most recognizable politicians and business leaders in Hawaii. Currently, the President & CEO of the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association (HLTA), ... Read More

Is Hawaii Tourism Nearing a Tipping Point? Paradise in big trouble?

Scott Foster Scott Foster- August 20, 2019 04:52

Tourism in Hawaii may be on a collision course, facing a train wreck.  "Despite a string of record visitor arrivals to Hawaii now totaling almost ten million annually, Hawai‘i tourism ... Read More

LGBT Hawaii supports Lesbian Tourist and today’s U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

Scott Foster Scott Foster- March 19, 2019 05:34

LGBT Hawaii thanked lesbian couple Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford from California for standing up for what is decent and right. "It makes a difference to all our LGBT visitors and ... Read More

Is Hawaii really ready for 10 million tourists?

Scott Foster Scott Foster- February 28, 2019 05:49

From the summit of Haleakala to the beautiful beaches, bays and trails of just about every island, have we reached the tipping point for tourism in the islands? Hawaii is ... Read More

Hawaii Global Tourism Summit: Charting the Course

Scott Foster Scott Foster- October 25, 2018 17:45

Hawaii Overtourism and Charting the Course of Hawaii Tourism. The 2018 Hawaii Global Tourism Summit concluded on October 3 despite the management challenges at the Hawaii Tourism Authority. The remaining ... Read More

Hawaii’s Tourism Growth Down, but Not Out

Scott Foster Scott Foster- October 25, 2018 15:38

Hawaii Travel and Tourism's future is on questionable grounds. The visitor's industry in the U.S. State of Hawaii is the number industry and is banking on the Aloha Spirit to ... Read More

Tourism in Hawaii: Not a net contributor to economic growth since 1989

Scott Foster Scott Foster- August 16, 2018 05:30

Paul Brewbaker talks story with Hawaii Governor Ige. Tourism performance in Hawaii has been impaired by short-term exogenous factors which constrain tourism export receipts even when volumes are growing. Can ... Read More

A New Direction For Hawaii Tourism Management?

Scott Foster Scott Foster- August 4, 2018 23:42

The morning before the February 28, 2018, joint House & Senate Tourism Committee informational briefing on the 2018 state audit of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the Honolulu Star-Advertiser headline ... Read More

Jones Act Back in the News in Hawaii: Tourism is part of it

Scott Foster Scott Foster- July 25, 2018 11:09

Travel and Tourism is depending on shipping imports, and the Jones Act is not helping and generates a monopoly when it comes to shipping fees.  In Hawaii the Jones Act ... Read More

Hawaii overtourism: The reality

Scott Foster Scott Foster- July 17, 2018 23:43

Frank Haas is the President of Marketing Management, a consultancy focused on travel and tourism in Hawaii and internationally. Haas is the former Dean and currently lectures at Kapi‘olani Community ... Read More

Hawaii Convention Center: Where is the profit?

Scott Foster Scott Foster- June 8, 2018 09:32

The Hawaii Convention Center is beautiful and was officially dedicated on October 15, 1997, after many years of debate and political intrigue. At the time, I was on Governor Ben ... Read More

Hawaii island lives and livelihood from tourism at risk as Kilauea volcano eruption escalates

Scott Foster Scott Foster- May 11, 2018 01:49

HAWAII ISLAND, Hawaii - If Kilauea Volcano on Hawaii Island goes into what is now predicted as “a new cycle of violent eruption” with massive smoke, fumes and poisonous Sulfur ... Read More

Rethinking Hawaii Tourism: Why it only touched the tip of the iceberg?

Scott Foster Scott Foster- May 5, 2018 22:05

21st Century Solutions for 21st Century Challenges. This is the message by The Hawaii Economic Association (HEA). The stress that tourism puts on local communities, social structures, and natural resources ... Read More

Hawaii Tourism Authority Board Chair resigns

Scott Foster Scott Foster- May 5, 2018 00:12

HONOLULU, Hawaii - On the heels of the latest in a long series of “scathing” state audits of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), HTA Board Chair Rick Fried, a prominent ... Read More

Hawaii volcano erupting again

Scott Foster Scott Foster- May 4, 2018 21:55

After the Kilauea volcano eruption slowed late Thursday night, the Hawaii County Civil Defense has confirmed that new volcanic vents are erupting in what’s known as “the East Riff Zone.” ... Read More

Hawaii Tourism Authority dramatic budget cut bill nearing last House vote

Scott Foster Scott Foster- May 1, 2018 01:27

HONOLULU, HI — The final version of the bill which would make significant changes to the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) budget is one step away from being sent to the ... Read More

Hawaii Tourism Authority in Trouble? Hawaii Legislature Seizes Control of HTA budget

Scott Foster Scott Foster- April 28, 2018 05:32

HONOLULU - After many years of “scathing” State audits, on April 27, 2018, the Hawaii State Legislature passed a bill during a conference committee which removes much of the Hawaii ... Read More

Hawaii Tourism Authority Budget: Misinformation, devastating, favorism..

Scott Foster Scott Foster- April 11, 2018 05:49

After many years of negative State audits, the 2018 audit of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) was described as “scathing” and highlighted specific insider deals, favoritism, non-bid contracts and a ... Read More

Hawaii Tourism Authority leadership in big trouble

Scott Foster Scott Foster- March 5, 2018 20:59

Leading Hawaii tourism seems to be an insider job trained to keep outsiders out. Abuse of their position sums it up. Top officials of the Hawaii Tourism Authority are in ... Read More