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Airbnb says bills before the Honolulu City Council could cause economic damage by suddenly removing many tourist rentals from the market.
While calls for a crackdown on short-term rentals grow louder, their rapid expansion accounts for a big chunk of the recent growth in the state’s largest industry.
Modernization of Daniel K. Inouye International has been years in coming. But real change is in the air.
The union vote could lead to a work stoppage by about 3,500 workers, including those at the Royal Hawaiian, Westin Moana Surfrider and Sheraton Waikiki.
Local fishermen say the impact of the April storm on tourism has been a boon to the fish population.
Some wedding venues only accept destination weddings to limit the number of guests and the effect on neighbors.
Kauai County had already cracked down on hundreds of remote visitor rentals. The flood might have doomed many more.
Economists caution legislators about the housing shortage, the possibility of lower tax revenue and reduced tourist spending.
A backlash is brewing against a potential deal for the company to collect Hawaii taxes — in part, because no one knows what’s in the agreement.
Protesters decry “dirty tourism” during a demonstration outside the Hilo airport. “It’s never been this bad,” said a County Council member.