Policymakers fear jeopardizing the industry’s recovery from the pandemic because Hawaii needs the jobs back.
The report says that “tourism needs to be managed responsibly so that the residents and destination may thrive.”
Hawaii’s visitor industry is in a nosedive, but tracking guests could make things worse.
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.