Tourism

How to Increase Visitor Spending

Millions more tourists are coming to Hawai‘i and venturing beyond the resort areas – crowding our parks, beaches, hiking trails, roads and more. But total inflation-adjusted visitor spending has actually declined, which means there is no extra money to fix…

Hawai‘i Island Identity Crisis

The dream of a Hawai‘i vacation is often nurtured by a steady stream of messaging from the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau and its island chapters. Their job, in a nutshell, is to ensure steady growth in the tourism industry.…

A New Locally Owned Hotel Company

Ben Rafter, who previously ran Aqua, wants to turn OLS Hotels & Resorts into “the next great Hawaii hotel operator” In an era when Hawaii’s hotel industry is dominated by offshore owners and operators, Ben Rafter wants to build Hawaii’s…

Voluntourism in Hawaii

The opportunities for tourists to volunteer are growing along with the demand for those opportunities. From beach cleanups to cultural exchanges, forest conservation to farm stays, visitors are looking for experiences that are authentic, intimate and altruistic. The trek starts…

BOSS Survey: Tourism Report

The latest version of the BOSS Survey, conducted by the Research Division of the Anthology Marketing Group for Hawaii Business in Fall 2018, talked to 350 business leaders from all sectors of Hawaii’s economy. A separate survey-within-a-survey was conducted with…

Our Best-Read Stories

Hawaii Business' most popular articles of 2018 were about outstanding people and companies and about major issues facing Hawaii. We can’t track which stories are read most in the print version of Hawaii Business, so we gauge popularity using page…