HONOLULU — As Dallas-based Southwest Airlines ramps up its service to Hawaii with 28 daily flights by the end of May, the state is facing a problem in managing the growing number of visitors to the island who spend less money here every year.
“We’re not at a crisis point yet. We’re at a tipping point. We have so many visitors, we need to get serious about creating management programs,” said Frank Haas, a travel industry veteran who is the former marketing director at the Hawaii Tourism Authority and formerly served as an Assistant Dean at the University of Hawaii.
Haas joined James Mak, a professor emeritus at the University of Hawaii and Paul Brewbaker, a longtime economist who worked for the Bank of Hawaii, to write a nine-page white paper last month which details how Hawaii has failed to manage tourism.
“Yeah, I would even say we struck a nerve so to speak. We wrote about what a lot of (local) people are already thinking,” Brewbaker said.
JAKARTA (Reuters) – Authorities in Indonesia raised the death toll from floods and landslides in the easternmost province of Papua to nearly 80 on Monday as President Joko Widodo called for the urgent evacuation of victims from devastated communities.
At the expense of angering theme-park goers, Walt Disney‘s (NYSE: DIS) move to increase some of its Disney World ticket prices on Tuesday is the right call. The world’s largest theme-park operator has now boosted admission rates for 31 consecutive years.
All of the headlines and social media uproar centers on Disney World’s introduction of a new holiday tier to its pricing. It will cost visitors $159 for a single-day ticket to visit any of Disney’s four Florida theme parks during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day this year, a whopping 23% more than they paid to visit Disney World during the last week of 2018. However, the more affordable passes received more modest 2% to 8% increases, with the resort’s cheapest one-day passes not budging higher at all.
As happens every year around this time, Walt Disney World has raised the price of park passes—this year, both for one day, one park passes and park hopper tickets. The shift comes shortly after Disney announced the opening date for the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge land.
Boeing (BA) shares declined Monday after one of the airline’s new 737 Max 8 models crashed Sunday, killing all passengers on board and raising questions over the safety of the company’s aircraft.
All 157 passengers and crew members aboard Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 departing from Addis Ababa were killed in a crash on Sunday, which took place minutes into the flight. At least eight Americans were aboard, along with individuals from more than 30 other nationalities.
It’s the Chrysler Building of beaches: instantly recognisable but nevertheless thrilling and heart-lifting. La Concha is the most beautiful urban beach in Spain: a scallop of cream sand and sparkling sapphire waters with forested headlands, an island – Santa Clara – and a peppering of boats. The belle-époque seafront dates back to days of long summer residencies, when children ate separately and hotels were plushly carpeted; but today’s city is vibrant and cool. La Concha is flanked by two smaller beaches: Ondarreta is almost a continuation to the west (ending in Eduardo Chillada’s Wind Comb sculpture); Zurriola, beyond the Kursaal Palace in Gros, is popular with surfers.
Stay La Pensión del Mar (doubles from €45 room-only) also in Gros, is friendly and affordable. For a few euros more, Sansebay (doubles from €70 room only) offers contemporary chic and La Concha views.
A 27-year-old man was arrested at Oakland International Airport on Sunday morning after he allegedly brandished a small knife he said he intended to use to harm a police officer, a spokesman for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office said.
The man, whose name is being withheld pending formal charges, can be seen on surveillance video released by the Sheriff’s Department apparently looking into a parked patrol car.
Sgt. Ray Kelly said Sunday that “luckily our deputies were not in the car. They were out on foot patrol.”