Month: July 2015

Isle tourism on record trajectory

Here’s a recap of some of the recent good news for the Hawaii visitor industry.   Isle tourism on record trajectory By Allison Schaefers POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Jul 31, 2015 Solid midyear tourism results have put Hawaii on pace for its fourth year of record-setting results — an industry accomplishment last achieved more than 20 years ago in the midst of the Japanese bubble. The Hawaii Tourism Authority, which sets state tourism policy, established a goal in February of hosting nearly 8.6 million visitors this year, with a spending target of nearly $15.6 billion. Following a lackluster January and February, it seemed like a stretch for the industry to close in on these targets. But come June, the fourth consecutive month to notch higher arrivals and spending, the visitor industry is clearly on an upward trajectory. “While visitor spending is slightly behind target, arrivals are pacing ahead, and we anticipate finishing the year ahead of 2014’s record-breaking numbers,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO. Total June arrivals rose 6 percent to 767,905 …

Mayor Appoints Michael Burns to Oversee Rail Project

via KHON2 Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell introduced Wednesday a transit expert who will review the city’s rail project. Michael Burns has 40 years of experience as a transportation professional, including 15 years at the CEO level at San Francisco MTA and Santa Clara VTA. He has experience with other rail construction projects including maintenance facilities, track, structures, and signal, power, and communications systems implementation, and has worked on rail transit operating and management projects in Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, and Santa Clara. “We brought Michael Burns on board because rail is our largest public works project in the history of the state, and we need to ensure to the public that public funds are spent responsibly,” said Caldwell. “With a project this size, it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. Those of us who have worked extensively on rail are very close to it, and I know that a fresh set of eyes to review and provide oversight will be beneficial to the City, (Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation), and the City …

July 2015 HART Board of Director Meetings

The monthly HART BOD meetings will take place on July 30, 2015 beginning at 9am at Ali’i Tower (entrance from Richards Street). The Transit-Oriented Development Committee will meet at 9am, the Finance/Project Oversight Committee at 9:30am and full Board at 10am. Word to the Wise: these meetings ALWAYS run long. We will also see new board member Colleen Hanabusa make her first appearance. BOD Meeting Agendas

Airlift to Hawaii to rise 5 percent in the third quarter

The continued increase in airlift is more good news for the Hawaii visitor industry.  Please note the article below.   Airlift to Hawaii to rise 5 percent in the third quarter Jul 15, 2015, 1:00pm HST Hawaii’s tourism industry is on pace to have another record-breaking year and it’s being facilitated by growth in airlift to Hawaii. The Hawaii Tourism Authority is forecasting 4.9 percent year-over-year growth in scheduled nonstop air seats in the third quarter and a 6.6 percent increase for the first three quarters of the year. “Access to and from the Hawaiian Islands is essential to the sustainability of our visitor industry and we are pleased that we will continue to see growth in air seats through the third quarter of this year,” said George Szigeti, president and CEO of the HTA. “We will continue to work closely with our market contractors to ensure there is sufficient demand for travel to Hawaii to support these additional air seats.” All markets are forecasted to grow airlift to Hawaii in the third quarter except …