Hawaii Tourism Authority

Wayne Yoshioka

Government and private business partners announced stepped up security efforts in Waikīkī - the state's major economic engine.

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Long-time hotel executive Christopher Tatum is the new head of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. He’s got some plans for a new direction.

Ku'uwehi Hiraishi

Professional soccer is coming back to Hawaiʻi. It’s not only for a short stay – but state officials hope the Pacific Rim Cup is part of a broader movement: growth in sports tourism for the islands. HPR’s Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi reports.

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Vivid images of volcanic eruptions captured the world’s attention this year, but frightened off visitors. 

Hawai'i Tourism Authority: Chasing Chinese Millennials

Oct 7, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The 2018 Global Tourism Summit last week focused on attracting more affluent travelers who tend to stay longer and spend more.

Cristo Vlahos / CC BY-SA 3.0 / Wikimedia Commons

August was another month of growth for the state’s tourism industry, but only slightly.

HTA Spring Marketing Update: More Airline Seats!

Mar 7, 2018
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Tourism Authority hosted its Spring Marketing Update today.   As HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports, the tourism industry does not appear to be slowing down.   

State Auditor Discusses Reviews of OHA, HTA

Mar 7, 2018
Catherine Cruz/Hawaii Public Radio

The State Auditor’s most recent report flags a failing documents system and short-staffing at the Public Utilities Commission. Another flagged a communications breakdown in the Department of Health as well as problems with the state energy office. But it’s the findings of two agencies - the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Hawaii Tourism Authority that Les Kondo is particularly concerned about.

The Conversation: Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

Mar 7, 2018
Public Domain Pictures

Auditing State Government; Rethinking South Point Management Practices; Politics of the Korean Conflict

Hawaii Tourism Authority

An audit of the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority is calling for better oversight of the agency.

Medical Tourism: Not Ready For Prime Time?

Nov 7, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The first-ever Pacific Regenerative Medical Conference in Honolulu conducted a panel discussion today to explore ways to attract visitors to the islands for healing and medical cures. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports. 

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

A small, but growing, portion of the visitor industry caters to groups with business purpose. The Hawaii Tourism Authority would like to see more of that.  PBN editor-in-chief A. Kam Napier has more.

HTA 2017 Spring Marketing Update

Mar 30, 2017
Wayne Yoshioka

The Hawai’i Tourism Authority hosted its Spring Marketing Update today.  HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.

Maurizio Pesce / Flickr
Maurizio Pesce / Flickr

Burt and Ryan explore how new technology can support the tourism industry. From virtual reality to facial-recognition, what tools are the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority tapping to reach tomorrow's travelers?

Virtual Paradise Aims To Lure New Tourists

Sep 29, 2016
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawai‘i is taking the plunge into virtual reality. State tourism officials are launching a new campaign to promote the islands through this emerging technology.

Hawaii Eyes Asian Markets in Tourism Outlook

Dec 9, 2015
Flickr / Marvin Chandra
Flickr / Marvin Chandra

Officials from the state’s biggest industry shared their plans for promoting the islands to key international markets, including China, Southeast Asia, and Korea. HPR’s Molly Solomon was there and has this report.

It was mostly good news at Tuesday’s tourism briefings. For example Hawai‘i saw a 29% increase in travelers from China this year, bringing it up to the fourth most popular destination in the United States.

Record Tourism Numbers Not All Good News

Aug 27, 2015
Wayne Yoshioka

Eight-point-three million visitors spent nearly 15 billion dollars in Hawai’i last year, a third straight record year in tourism.  Those numbers are expected to be topped in 2015 as the Hawai’i Tourism Authority hosts its annual conference.     HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.