HTA's Tourism Mitigation Plan: Two Students' Perspectives

The following editorial was originally published in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Sunday, September 5, 2021 as part of the "Raise Your Hand" column in the Insights section.

PRO: A PRACTICAL CHANGE TO HAWAII TOURISM - “Not only are hotels understaffed, but Hawai’i is at full visitor occupancy while there is a severe shortage of other resources elsewhere in the islands…This prioritization of tourists’ wants over local residents’ needs caused an uproar within Hawai’i’s communities.”- Carolei Edra

PRO: A PRACTICAL CHANGE TO HAWAII TOURISM

“Not only are hotels understaffed, but Hawai’i is at full visitor occupancy while there is a severe shortage of other resources elsewhere in the islands…This prioritization of tourists’ wants over local residents’ needs caused an uproar within Hawai’i’s communities.”

- Carolei Edra

CON: ADDRESSING FLAWS IN HTA’S NEW PLAN - “If we want to move from accidental to purposeful perpetuation of what makes Hawai’i special, we need a Cabinet position or shared vision between the HTA and the government, or else any well-intentioned actions fall short.”- Jamie Hirano

CON: ADDRESSING FLAWS IN HTA’S NEW PLAN

“If we want to move from accidental to purposeful perpetuation of what makes Hawai’i special, we need a Cabinet position or shared vision between the HTA and the government, or else any well-intentioned actions fall short.”

- Jamie Hirano

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