Sumary of Rising COVID-19 cases on the mainland, new travel advisories likely to delay Hawaii’s tourism recovery:
- The robust holiday season that Hawaii visitor industry anticipated is evaporating, pushing the start of a meaningful tourism recovery into the third quarter of next year..
- Nobody got a crystal ball, but the visitor industry short-term future dramatically dimmed under a convergence of factors that materialized last week..
- Even the prospect of COVID-19 immunizations starting as soon as next month is likely to cause an immediate drop in travel demand as visitors may decide to wait until the vaccine is available, industry officials say..
- Worse yet, the state latest visitor satisfaction and resident sentiment surveys show both groups have grown less satisfied with Hawaii tourism..
- Visitors say the destination isn’t back to its pre-pandemic level of activities and services, when the islands saw a record 10.4 million visitors in 2019..
- Data from Safe Travels Hawaii shows that arrivals coming for pleasure or vacation picked up steadily starting Tuesday, when 3,672 visitors were counted, through Saturday, when there were 8,322 pleasure or vacation arrivals..
- “It might hurt short-term bookings, but it would help long-term bookings, and that a trade I’d gladly make,”.
- “We are adding this safety precaution now in response to the dramatically increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the continental U.S..
- Tourism Association, wants the state to allow the small portion of visitors who arrive with pending tests to test out at the new mobile testing lab at the Daniel K..
- Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Alex Da Silva said the carrier continues to believe “there should be consideration shown for those travelers who do the right thing and, by no fault of their own, do not receive their test results in time.”.
- “This new restriction will create even more uncertainty for travelers and serve as a deterrent to the right kind of visitors to our state — those with the intention of testing prior to travel,”…