How Did Hawaii Rank Safest City When US Did Not Make the List?

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Written by Linda Hohnholz

In January of 2024, the Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection travel insurance company named the top 15 safest countries in the world for travelers. The USA was not on that list. Yet, the safest city in the world is in the US.

Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection just named Honolulu, Hawaii, as the safest city for travel in the world. And yes, Virginia, Hawaii is part of the United States; it’s just not part of the continental states.

So how was the list of top safest countries determined? The Hathaway Travel Protection company surveyed 1,702 from the global population of nearly 8,000,000,000 people in the world. That’s a cross section of nothing. It’s such a small comparison, the numbers can only be calculated out to zero.

But other factors were involved in that determination, such as data from external sources which assess safety issues, such as terrorism, weather emergencies, health indicators, and the welfare of   marginalized communities. Data was resourced from agencies such as the Global Peace Index and travel safety ratings provided by individual State Departments. 

So despite the fact that the safest city in the world is not in the safest country in the world, Honolulu, Hawaii, is still beaming with pride over this newly named designation of Safest City to Travel to in the World for 2024. In fact, a special announcement about this was made at a press conference today at the Hawaii Convention Center which saw Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi in attendance along with the Hawaii Tourism Authority Board Chair & Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association President and CEO Mufi Hannemann, and Chief Arthur “Joe” Logan of the Honolulu Police Department.

Honolulu also came in first for its health measures, women/LGBTQ+/BIPOC safety, and safety from violent crime; second pertaining to terrorism; and third for transportation (roads).

According to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s First Quarter 2024 Visitor Satisfaction and Activity Survey results being issued this week, more than 90% of visitors from all markets surveyed rated the Hawaiian islands as “excellent” or “above average” when it comes to being a safe and secure destination.

The rankings for today’s announcement were ascertained by Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection’s State of Travel Insurance Safest Destinations report which analyzed a combination of State of Travel Insurance survey responses compiled in September from travelers who have been to the destinations along with several third-party data sources in the same manner as world’s safest country was determined.

So take the information as you see fit, because as it is with most things in life, even factual information should be taken with a grain of salt, because you still have to factor in things like perspective and how it’s presented. On the other hand, a trip to Hawaii to see for oneself firsthand is always a good idea. It is Hawaii after all.

About the author

Linda Hohnholz

Editor in chief for eTurboNews based in the eTN HQ.

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