Tension Over Tourism
Should Hawaii's tourism czars focus on attracting more visitors or take a holistic view of tourism's impact?
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HTA’s New Plan
The latest Hawaii Tourism Strategic Plan from HTA has five key “vision” points, which it says should guide tourism in Hawaii by 2015. By that time, HTA says, tourism will: * Honor Hawaii’s people and heritage
* Value and perpetuate Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources
* Engender mutual respect among all stakeholders
* Support a viable and sustainable economy
* Provide a unique, memorable and enriching visitor experience.
Who pays for tourism promotion?
The hotel tax is expected to generate nearly $211 million in 2009, down about 8 percent from 2008, according to the Department of Taxation. HTA will get around $72 million of that money. Some $30 million of the remainder will directly support the convention center and the rest goes mostly to the counties, with some for the state general fund.
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