Rising COVID-19 cases on the mainland, new travel advisories likely to delay Hawaii’s tourism recovery

Rising COVID-19 cases on the mainland, new travel advisories likely to delay Hawaii’s tourism recovery

The robust holiday season that Hawaii’s visitor industry anticipated is evaporating, pushing the start of a meaningful tourism recovery into the third quarter of next year. Nobody’s got a crystal ball, but the visitor industry’s short-term future dramatically dimmed under a convergence of factors that materialized last week. Even the prospect of COVID-19 immunizations starting as soon as next month is likely to cause an immediate drop in travel demand as visitors may decide to wait until the vaccine is available, industry officials say. Gov. David Ige’s announcement Thursday that Hawaii will tighten its entry requirements came at a time …
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