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Spurred by recent tour helicopter crashes in Hawaii, the proposed legislation would set stiffer state requirements for tour pilots. But the feds, not the state, regulate the skies.
Visitors come to the islands to escape, not to be micromanaged. The state should relax its laws and reap the economic benefits.
The winners of the hackathon proposed giving beach toys a second life as a way to reduce visitors’ environmental footprint.
The mayor and city council should amend Bill 89 regulations to addresses community concerns and support our visitor economy.
Let’s have a serious discussion about levying “green fees” and “eco-taxes” on tourists to preserve the place we all love.
A University of Hawaii public policy professor conducted a private study that he hopes will help city officials better manage one of Oahu’s most popular — and overrun — hiking trails.
A growing number of tourism hot spots, ranging from Mallorca to Bhutan to New Zealand, are imposing new taxes and fees on visitors.
The expected decline could cost the island more than $30 million per month in direct spending, based on state tourism data.
Southwest is bringing lower fares to Hawaii and new restrictions on Airbnbs are also creating uncertainty about future traffic.
Legislation introduced Wednesday would provide some state and local control over helicopter and skydiving flights instead of just the FAA.